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St. Vitus Day: The legend of the beer brewers' patron saint

June 15th is a special day for beer brewers: it's St. Vitus Day (or Veit as they call the patron saint sometimes). Find out more about his legend.

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According to the legend Vitus was converted to be catholic when he was a child. His nurse Crescentia and his educator Modestus were responsible for that. Vitus was born as a child of pagans. Even as a seven-year-old he was able to work wonders which started a time of suffering. He was beaten many times by his critics, judges and rulers sentenced him to torture and death. But the legend says that they were not able to harm him or his foster parents. They survived lions, iron plates, goblets full of boiling oil and many more cruelties. And that is when angels rescued them and took them back to Lukania in the south of Italy where Vitus, Crescentia and Modestus died and were buried.

This story goes back to the year 600. Today more than 1300 churches, chapels and altars are bound to Vitus' name. But as it turns out, he is not only the patron saint for beer brewers - also for innkeepers and good harvest. So basically all the things you need for good beer. 

Vitus is also the patron of our Weizenbock who has won a lot of awards since its release in 2007. His portrait is also printed on the label - in a nostalgic and historic kind of way. 

Our light-coloured, spicy single-bock, “Vitus” is saturated with fine yeast and a creamy foam. It is a specialty with a round character based on the extra long storage time. The fruity smell of dried apricots joins aromas of citrus, cloves and hints of banana. Full-bodied and sparkling with an effervescent mouthfeel. Thus, the Vitus does not taste like a typical Bock beer but more like a noble, fruity wheat beer. Perfect with red meat, strong cheese and also able to guide desserts.