If it’s true that from Germany came the tradition, the knowledge, and the methods, from Porto came the sunset, the river, the landscapes and the moments that inspired us to brew beer. And if our beer was born in Porto, then we needed to name it adequately…
Our Lady of Vandoma
By the end of the tenth century, an armada of Gascons coming from France to combat the moors and led by D. Moninho Viegas entered the mouth of the Douro river. And with them was D. Nonego, the Bishop of Vendôme (later Porto’s XIV bishop) carrying the image of Our Lady of Vandoma.
The bishop ordered that the image should be placed in an oratory above the main entrance of the walls encircling the city and therefore named “Arco de Vandoma” (Arch of Vandoma). This was the entrance leading to the main Cathedral (“Sé do Porto”), where throughout centuries all the great religious and civil celebrations and gatherings took place. With the destruction of the Arch in 1855, the image was moved to the Cathedral where it can still be found today.
Since 1954, Our Lady of Vandoma is a city patron and appears in the coat of arms of the city.
http://evangelhoquotidiano.org/main.php, Daily Gospel, 22 October 2015