Friday, January 2, 2009

Days of the Beer, January 2

The beer for today is Søgaard Skipper Stowt.

On January 2, 1990, Alan Hale, Jr. died. Alan was born on March 8, 1918, and was best known as Jonas Grumby, or the Skipper, on Gilligan's Island.

Hale died from cancer, at the St. Vincent's Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea.

Due to being connected with Gilligan's Island, he had difficulty getting acting roles later in his career. He co-owned a restaurant in West Hollywood "Alan Hale's Lobster Barrel" and would often greet customers in his Skipper hat.

As to the beer:

A very dark, almost black bottom fermented beer. Very heavily dried and dark types of malt has been used, which gices a hoppy character. This gives power and body to the beer as well as a sweet almost smoked flavour, which is in balance with the distinct bitterness. Prevously known as "Søgaard Porter"
The beer is 5.8% ABV, so if you drink enough, you might crash your boat. Søgaard's is out of Aalborg, Denmark.

So, for Alan Hale, the Skipper, have a Skipper Stowt.

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