Monday, January 19, 2009

Days of the Beer, January 19

The beer for today is New Holland The Poet.

On January 19, 1809, Edgar Allan Poe was born. Poe was a poet, short-story writer, editor and literary critic. He is considered to be the inventor of the detective-fiction genre. He is also credited with contributing to the emerging science fiction genre. He was the first well-known American write to try to earn a living through writing alone, which resulted in a financially difficult life and career.

Poe was born in Boston. He died October 7, 1849 in Baltimore. The cause of his death is unknown, but has been attributed to several things, alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, and tuberculosis, among other things.

His poems include "Annabel Lee", Lenore", and of course, "The Raven".

His short stories include "The Fall of the House of Usher", The Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Masque of the Red Death", and "The Tell-Tale Heart".

As to the beer:

New Holland Brewing Company is located in Holland, Michigan.

This stout is sheer beer poetry. Let it warm to about 45 F and pour it into a glass to fully experience its rich, roasty flavors and hints of coffee and chocolate. One glass and you'll agree: The Poet is truly a rich, creamy brew of epic proportions.
I've had several different version of this beer. Some older bottles say it's a stout, others say it's an oatmeal stout. The beer is available locally at Jupiters at the Crossing, as well as at Friar Tucks.

So, for Edgar Allan Poe, have a Poet.

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