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Top five fermented grogs fer the pirate in ye (updated)

Submitted by on September 18, 2013 – 12:00 pm8 Comments

Photo courtesy of International Talk like a Pirate DayAvast, me hearties! Don’t ye forget that September 19 be International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

In honor o’ this most momentous event, Cap’n GerARRd o’ Sea Voyages for Beer will list th’ top five pirate brews that you can toast t’ day with, in no perticular order.


Image courtesy of Clipper City BrewingHeavy Seas: Brewed by Baltimore’s Clipper City Brewing Co. From the Jolly Roger logo to the names of the brews, this brand is all about livin’ the  pirate’s life. It even has a line of Pyrate Fleet Beers: Loose Cannon American Ale, Peg Leg Imperial Stout, Small Craft Warning Uber Pils, Red Sky at Night Belgian Style Saison and its seasonal Winter Storm Ale.

gaspar's porter logoGaspar’s Porter – “The last of the buccaneers,” Jose Gaspar raided merchant ships off the west coast of Florida until the early 19th century when, rather than surrender in an ambush, he wrapped the anchor chain around his waist and leaped to his death. That’s what the folklore says, anyway; no one has ever proven he existed. But that doesn’t stop the city of Tampa from throwing an enormous Gasparilla Festival each year, and it didn’t stop Florida Beer Company from resurrecting in his honor this seasonal porter, once brewed by the now defunct Ybor City Brewing Co. in Tampa.

Piraat – Though we’re not linguists here, it didn’t take us long to figure out that this translates to “Pirate.” Brewed by Van Steenberge Brewery, the only brewery still operating in Meetjesland, Belgium, its description seems kind of sissified for a pirate-themed brew: “This light, amber-coloured sea dog with its full white head fires bitter, spiced, malted and alcoholic fumes at your nose.This is followed by a perfect harmony of malted, sweet and bitter hopped aromas, after which you are immersed in a very long, slightly sweet finish with a hint of bitter to it.” But with an alcohol by volume of 10.5 percent, this blonde amber has enough kick to spark the gunpowder in any buccaneer’s cannon.

Photo courtesy of rogue alesDead Guy Ale: Dead men tell no tales, but if they could they might sing the praises of this German Maibock style brewed by Rogue Ales of Oregon. With its skeletal label and 6.5% ABV, it appeals to the roguish pirate and the Grateful Dead fan alike. And if that’s not enough to make you feel like you’ve taken a trip to Davey Jones’ Locker, try the Double Dead Guy Ale, with its blood-red bottle and an ABV kicked up to 9%. (Update: Road Trips for Beer larned Dead Guy be the OFFICIAL beer of International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Put yer eyes on the commentin’ place belowdecks t’see more.)

invasion pale ale logoInvasion Pale Ale – Sometimes a buccaneer seeks the strongest grog after a long day and night of pillaging, but a mighty thirst comes during the invasion itself. Rather then become a soshed scallywag during the plundering, a smart pirate reaches for this heavily hopped 5-percent ABV pale ale from Tampa’s Cigar City Brewery. Please do not be distracted by the handsome visage adorning the container; you might get skewered by a scabbard.

By the way, International Talk Like a Pirate Day was started in 1995 by John Baur and Mark Summers, a.k.a. Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Slappy (that’s their mugs at the top of this page). The movement really took off after nationally syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry wrote about the unofficial holiday in 2002.

To learn more, including tips on how to talk like a pirate, plan your own pirate party and far, far more than you’d ever think you could know about pirates, check out the official website.

Have any of ye other scurvy dogs plundered any fermented grog that should be included on this fine list? Put ‘er down in the talkin’ section belowdecks.

(Scribbles from Th’ Cap’n: Twas Talk Like a Pirate Day in The Year  of Our Lord Two-Thousand and Ten when this list of grogs were first enter’d in th’  ship’s log. Twas updated three years after fer Talk Like a Pirate Day 2013.)


  • Gerard says:

    Me fingers are so excited I can hardly type! I just received an e-mail from Ol’ Chumbucket hisself! I’ll let ye put your own eyes on it:

    “Ahoy Gerard! Aye! Dead Guy is the official beer of Talk Like a Pirate Day – and will remain so until someone offers us an obscene amount of money to endorse *their* product. But we’ll keep drinking Dead Guy.

    “Here on St. Croix (where I live) the Fort Christian Brew Pub offers Blackbeard’s Ale, a nice strong dark beer, fairly bitter. It’s awfully good, but Dead Guy is still the best.”

    Ol’ Chumbucket

  • Gerard says:

    Shiver me timbers! I near fell off the poopdeck t’join Davey Jones in a briny grave when I got a Arr-mail from Cap’n Slappy as well:
    “Ahoy Gerard!

    A splendid selection indeed – nothin’ like a Dead Guy to make ye feel alive!

    Keep spreadin’ the word – which, as ye know, be “ARRRR!”

    Cap’n Slappy

  • Peteski says:

    AAARRRR, I likes my beer strong does I. Just droppin’ by to say hi and let im see I’ve finally visited this scurvy website. SEEEEE, yarrrr….

  • Gerard says:

    About time, ye scalawag!

  • […] Clipper City and Heavy Seas. There will also be Rogue Dead Guy Ale on tap (the official brew of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which occurs each year on Sept. […]

  • […] , will be on Monday this year. Last year, I wrote a post about it on my Road Trips for Beer site: “Top Five Fermented Grogs Fer the Pirate in Ye.”   If you’re curious, this is what this paragraph looks like when run through the […]

  • Nice list of Pirate beers! I just posted my top 5 Pirate beers for TLaP Day 2011 and we have two beers in common, Piraat and Dead Guy Ale. Cheers!

  • Gerard Walen says:

    Nice list on your site, too. I’ll probably have to update next year. Maybe I’ll even home brew something special for the holiday.

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