Beer of the Week: Battle of the Porters

Posted on August 9th, 2011

My all time favorite style is the sour ale, but I often find that I cycle through the “other style” I second-most enjoy, much like the turning of the seasons, although often out of sync with them. These days, I’ve been all about porters. A category of beer associated with bold flavors, complex notes of fruits and chocolates, and a certain smoothness and richness to the character under the right circumstances, the porter is a very versatile beer and, if you’re drinking the right one, can be an absolute treat to the discerning taster. To mark my reverence of the style, I decided to look at not one but two porters this week.

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Beer of the Week: Fade To Black Volume 2 – Smoked Baltic Porter

Posted on April 19th, 2011

Fade to black vol 2 2

About the beer:

Left Hand Brewing Company is located in Longmont, Colorado. The name Left Hand was chosen in honor of Chief Niwot, Niwot being the Araphoe word for “left hand.” The Araphoe tribe often wintered in the local area.  Fade to Black Volume 2 – Smoked Baltic Porter is a collaboration beer done with Nørrebro Bryghus in Denmark. The beer is categorized as Baltic Porter. If you are unfamiliar with the style, take a minute and check out our beer profile for Baltic Porters.

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Beer of the Week: Mikkeller Chipotle Porter

Posted on February 21st, 2011

Mikkeller Chipotle Porter

About the beer: Mikkeller Brewery from Denmark is out to excite Danish taste buds, break a few rules and inspire all around. With a mission like that, it’s no wonder they were named Danish brewery of the year during their first year and the fifth best brewery in the world, all in their first year of production. Their concoction on display for this week’s installment is the Chipotle Porter (known as Texas Ranger over on their home shores). Clocking in at 7.7% ABV, this beer is brewed with Chipotle chili peppers, and was brewed particularly for the Texan audience, though it can be found elsewhere in the states.

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Beer of the week: BBC Coffeehouse Porter

Posted on February 7th, 2011

About the Beer:

This week I have selected the Coffeehouse Porter from Berkshire Brewing Company out of South Deerfield, Massachusetts. BBC’s Coffeehouse Porter is an American Porter weighing in at 6.2% ABV and can be found in either a 22 oz bottle or on draft.

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Style Profile: Porter

Posted on August 25th, 2009


Porter is a style that traces it roots to beer cocktails of the 18th century. Although the only modern beer cocktail that most people know is the Black & Tan, in centuries past it was fairly common to mix several beers in one pint glass. A bartender in 1720s London might be expected to blend frequently as many as six different ales into a customer’s pint. As we mentioned in our article on cask ale, (which is how all beer would have been served at the time) beer on cask should really be consumed within a few days after it’s been tapped as it begins to grow stale and loose its flavor rather quickly. of course not all pub owners followed these rules, and there was plenty of stale beers being served in London pubs.

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