We’ve had a good couple of days coming up with a tasty beer and beer style to represent the Gods, planets, and other celestial bodies that the days of the week are named after. So far we’ve got Rock Art’s Black Moon IPA for Monday (Day of the Moon), Ommegang’s Bière de Mars for Tuesday (Day of Mars), and The Bruery’s 7 Grain Saison for the God of grains on Wednesday (Day of Mercury). Now we’ve reached Thursday, Day of Jupiter, and that’s associated with non other than the mighty, hammer-weilding Norse God Thor. I’ll just assume that Thor drank his beer from the still pulsating brain cavities of his enemies, but what beer would he drink? These are the kinds of questions that keep me up at night.
Let’s back up a step. Wasn’t Jupiter a Roman God? And Thor Germanic/Norse? How the hell does Jupiter get mixed up with Thor, who gets mixed up with Hercules, who then gets transferred back to Jupiter? I should have paid more attention in school. In any case, Thor is the God of thunder and lightning (Among other things), Jupiter, as King of the Gods, is also God of thunder and lightning, so we’ll just go the thunder and lightning route and call it a day.
So, back to beer, what beer should I pick to match up with thunder and lightning? Again, the ground rules of this ridiculous “Beer of the Day” experiment have me looking to associate a beer with the namesake of the weekday in order to remind me of a style that I don’t normally drink. By “Normally”, I just mean the traditional beer fridge rotation that I generally stock including IPA’s, Pales, Wheats, Stouts, Browns and the like. For Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I chose an American Black Ale, Bière de Garde, and a Saison. Definitely styles I don’t drink on a regular basis. For Thursday, for Thor’s Day, I want something strong and mighty but not something you would come across every day. Imperial Stout seems befitting, but I drink that all the time. How about Baltic Porter?
Ah ha! Victory’s Baltic Thunder seems to be the perfect choice for this experiment. Baltic Porter holds a lot in common with the traditional British IPA (Process) as well as early day Russian Imperial Stouts (Flavor profile). We all know that IPA’s came about not to satisfy hop-starved Brits but to pack extra preservatives into the beer to make the long journey to India and points East. Baltic Porter came about in a similar way. To make the trip across the North Sea brewers would amp up the booze, employ extra hops, and have more of a heavy hand when using smoked malts. The resultant beer is much stronger than a traditional Porter, which to me produces a more flavorful and complex brew. Sweet and chocolaty are two words that generally come to mind when I’m thinking about Baltic Porters. Victory’s version is fantastic, because everything they do is fantastic, but there’s a few other great examples out there if you’re looking to try something new. My all-time favorite Baltic Porter is Finland’s Sinebryschoff Porter. If you haven’t had this beer, you haven’t had Baltic Porter. When you go out to buy one this weekend, buy two and stick one in the darkest depths of your cellar for the next 5 years. It ages beautifully. Okocim Porter out of Poland is another great example, and damn cheap if you can find it.
I think Thor would be proud with this selection. I mean, he lives in the land of Baltic Porter, how upset could he be? Even though he got the shaft and got stuck in the middle of the week, I think he’d be happy with chugging down Baltic Porter in between shooting lightning bolts from his ass. I wish I was a God (Even demigod would do).
Come back tomorrow when we finally get to pick a beer based on the hottest chick in the history of the world. That’s right, it’s Friday and we’ll be creeping on Venus. I’m sure she’d like that, I just hope she likes beer.