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English Porter

Porter is said to have been popular with transportation workers of Central London, hence the name. Most traditional British brewing documentation from the 1700’s state that Porter was a blend of three different styles: an old ale (stale or soured), a new ale (brown or pale ale) and a weak one (mild ale), with various combinations of blending and staleness. The end result was also commonly known as "Entire Butt" or "Three Threads" and had a pleasing taste of neither new nor old. It was the first truly engineered beer, catering to the public's taste, playing a critical role in quenching the thirst of the UK’s Industrial Revolution and lending an arm in building the mega-breweries of today.

Porter saw a comeback during the homebrewing and micro-brewery revolution of the late 1970’s and early 80’s, in the US. Modern-day Porters are typically brewed using a pale malt base with the addition of black malt, crystal, chocolate or smoked brown malt. The addition of roasted malt is uncommon, but used occasionally. Some brewers will also age their beers after inoculation with live bacteria to create an authentic taste. Hop bitterness is moderate on the whole and color ranges from brown to black. Overall they remain very complex and interesting beers.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-7.0%   [ ? ] 

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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs Bros
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy PorterSamuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)5.004.172,748100
Fuller's London PorterFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.404.192,33895
Old Engine OilHarviestoun Brewery Ltd.6.004.141,538100
Black Jack PorterLeft Hand Brewing Company6.803.721,20084
Bully! PorterBoulevard Brewing Co.6.003.781,06384
Samuel Adams Honey PorterBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.453.6789785
People's PorterFoothills Brewing Company5.803.85702-
General Washington's Tavern PorterYards Brewing Co.7.003.82675-
Mayflower PorterMayflower Brewing Company5.504.18627100
Coffee PorterMeantime Brewing Company Limited6.003.7859887
St. Peter's Old-Style PorterSt. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd5.103.8556592
Santa's ButtRidgeway Brewing6.003.39434-
London PorterMeantime Brewing Company Limited6.504434-
Arcadia London PorterArcadia Brewing Company7.203.9425-
Zwet.BeBrouwerij Drie Fonteinen7.003.85425-
Boxcarr Pumpkin PorterStarr Hill Brewery5.203.33403-
Steelhead Scotch PorterMad River Brewing Company6.503.9132794
Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter)Short's Brewing Company9.154.22289-
Geary's London PorterD.L. Geary Brewing Company4.203.7427791
Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest AleHarviestoun Brewery Ltd.9.004.22266-
Original Flag PorterDarwin Brewery Ltd.5.003.85256-
Sly Rye PorterYazoo Brewing Company5.703.81249-
Redhook Blackhook PorterRedhook Ale Brewery5.233.4924586
ContorterAle Asylum4.803.75237-
Dark Star PorterBluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's5.603.61222-
Green Man PorterGreen Man Brewery5.603.8218-
Entire Butt English PorterSalopian Brewing Company Ltd4.803.9207100
Kennebunkport PorterFederal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub5.603.21200-
PorterSt. George Brewing Company, The5.00419893
Benchwarmer PorterCooperstown Brewing Company6.303.7219892
Cygnus X-1Flat Earth Brewing Company6.503.79197-
Old GrowlerNethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.5.503.8219590
December 6th, 1855 EIP (East India Porter)Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project6.004.1418395
Shipyard Longfellow Winter AleShipyard Brewing Co.5.803.85175100
Rickard's DarkMolson Coors Canada4.803.08167-
Duke Of WinshipMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.6.503.86162-
Mill Street Vanilla PorterMill Street Brew Pub5.003.58162-
Midnight SunWilliams Brothers Brewing Company5.603.9114390
Black Duck PorterGreenport Harbor Brewing Company4.704.06140-
Longboat Chocolate PorterPhillips Brewing Company5.203.76139-
Old Slug PorterRCH Brewery4.503.78132-
Deep SixHeavy Seas Beer6.803.8811892
Saranac Maple PorterMatt Brewing Company5.303.57117-
Anvil PorterFrench Broad Brewing Co.6.003.67112-
James Squire PorterMalt Shovel Brewery5.003.54110-
Shoo-Fly Pie PorterLancaster Brewing Company6.203.74108-
Brown's Whiskey PorterBrown's Brewing Company5.754.05108-
Schlafly PorterThe Schlafly Tap Room5.403.57107-
Naval College Old PorterMeantime Brewing Company Limited8.004.19104-
Sleeman Fine Porter (68*)Sleeman Breweries Ltd.5.503.0610370
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