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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)5.004.182,547100
Fuller's London PorterFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.404.22,16396
Old Engine OilHarviestoun Brewery Ltd.6.004.141,410100
Black Jack PorterLeft Hand Brewing Company6.803.721,06686
Bully! PorterBoulevard Brewing Co.6.003.791,02384
Samuel Adams Honey PorterBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.453.6788885
People's PorterFoothills Brewing Company5.803.86627-
General Washington's Tavern PorterYards Brewing Co.7.003.81607-
Coffee PorterMeantime Brewing Company Limited6.003.7955987
Mayflower PorterMayflower Brewing Company5.504.18546100
St. Peter's Old-Style PorterSt. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd5.103.8554192
London PorterMeantime Brewing Company Limited6.504.02415-
Santa's ButtRidgeway Brewing6.003.41387-
Arcadia London PorterArcadia Brewing Company7.203.94385-
Boxcarr Pumpkin PorterStarr Hill Brewery5.203.31361-
Zwet.BeBrouwerij Drie Fonteinen7.003.84355-
Steelhead Scotch PorterMad River Brewing Company6.503.9231594
Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter)Short's Brewing Company9.154.22278-
Geary's London PorterD.L. Geary Brewing Company4.203.7425893
Original Flag PorterDarwin Brewery Ltd.5.003.85249-
Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest AleHarviestoun Brewery Ltd.9.004.22227-
ContorterAle Asylum4.803.75220-
Sly Rye PorterYazoo Brewing Company5.703.81220-
Dark Star PorterBluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's5.603.61213-
Entire Butt English PorterSalopian Brewing Company Ltd4.803.89196100
Benchwarmer PorterCooperstown Brewing Company6.303.7219592
PorterSt. George Brewing Company, The5.004.0119194
Old GrowlerNethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.5.503.8319190
Cygnus X-1Flat Earth Brewing Company6.503.78182-
December 6th, 1855 EIP (East India Porter)Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project6.004.1517895
Kennebunkport PorterFederal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub5.603.22178-
Green Man PorterGreen Man Brewery5.603.81178-
Shipyard Longfellow Winter AleShipyard Brewing Co.5.803.87165100
Duke Of WinshipMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.6.503.87157-
Rickard's DarkMolson Coors Canada4.803.06154-
Midnight SunWilliams Brothers Brewing Company5.603.9213790
Old Slug PorterRCH Brewery4.503.78130-
Innis & Gunn Winter Beer 2012Innis & Gunn7.403.66129-
Mill Street Vanilla PorterMill Street Brew Pub5.003.53120-
Longboat Chocolate PorterPhillips Brewing Company5.203.79116-
Saranac Maple PorterMatt Brewing Company5.303.58114-
James Squire PorterMalt Shovel Brewery5.003.54106-
Black Duck PorterGreenport Harbor Brewing Company4.704.07104-
Schlafly PorterThe Schlafly Tap Room5.403.56103-
Brown's Whiskey PorterBrown's Brewing Company5.754.05101-
Sleeman Fine Porter (68*)Sleeman Breweries Ltd.5.503.0810170
Pro-Am PorterWormtown Brewing Co.6.804.2398-
Chocolate PorterLegend Brewing Co.5.903.6394-
Thomas Creek Pump House PorterThomas Creek Brewery6.203.739190
Propeller London Style PorterPropeller Brewery5.003.8990-
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