The Edmund Fitzgerald Porter is a bittersweet tribute to the legendary freighter that sank during a storm on Lake Superior in 1975. That event is considered one of the most significant and historical shipwrecks to have occurred on any of the Great Lakes. The event even inspired a 1976 Gordon Lightfoot song, which told the tale of the ship’s final journey.


About the Brewer

Founded in 1986 by two brothers, the Cleveland-based Great Lakes Brewing Company recruited the master brewer and engineer from the city’s previous operating brewery—Schmidt’s. One of its first beers, the Eliot Ness Amber Lager, is named for the famous prohibition officer who frequented the tavern, which is now home to the company’s brewpub. Today, the company boasts an impressive list of year-round and seasonal brews that have won multiple awards. In addition, the company has expanded its distribution.


About the Beer

Edmund Fitzgerald pours brown with a ruby-garnet tint and a nice, khaki head, which is two to three fingers thick. Scents of chocolate, vanilla bean, toffee, and roasted barley malt compliment an incredibly smooth finish. It is one of the best-reviewed beers in the country, and it is also considered to be world-class.


Quick Beer Facts

Malt varieties: Harrington 2-row base malt, Crystal 77, chocolate, and roasted barley

Hop varieties: Northern Brewer, Willamette, and Cascade

Alcohol: 6.0%

IBUs: 37



World Beer Championships:

  • Twelve-time medal winner since 1991 (World Champion, Platinum, Gold, Silver)

Great American Beer Festival Awards:

  • Five-time medal winner since 1991 (Gold, Silver)


Would you like this beer?

If you’re in the mood for something dark, rich, and complex, then you’ll want to try Edmund Fitzgerald – a perfect porter in every way. Although it possesses a fairly high bitterness, its silky balance of malts and hops more than makes up for it.


Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Edmund Fitzgerald Porter is now on tap here at Pete and Elda’s. And, if you mention this blog when you come in, then we’ll give you a dollar off of your first pint.

Come on down to give it a try, today