Inky Beer Factoid: September 13


On this day, on the same date but a different day, each year, we experience Friday the 13th. “Friday the 13th” is a date paired with great superstition.


One origin of the date goes, “[the] fear of Friday 13 [traces] back to ancient, separate associations with bad luck surrounding Friday and the number 13, and references a myth dating back to Viking times. According to the myth, 12 gods were having a dinner party in their heaven, Valhalla. A 13th, uninvited guest known as Loki arrived, who arranged for Hoder – the blind god of darkness – to shoot Balder the Beautiful – the god of joy and gladness – with a mistletoe-tipped arrow. ‘Balder died and the whole Earth got dark. The whole Earth mourned. It was a bad, unlucky day,” Dossey explained. From that moment, the number 13 has been associated with sentiments of foreboding.'”

Coincidentally, this is the day of  Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and the day, Friday the 13th (sometimes occurring more than once in a year… twice in 2013!), has been deemed unlucky since the writing of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, in the 14th Century. There is along list of famous people that died on Friday the 13th. For example, Tupac Shakur, Julia Child, and Benny Goodman, to name a few.

Brewers have had a little fun with the Friday the 13th superstitions and fear. Here are a few beers that follows the 13th theme full of various superstitions. How many superstitions can you name?

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