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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 Avg Hads > Bros
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy PorterSamuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)5.004.152,828100
Fuller's London PorterFuller Smith & Turner PLC5.404.212,41995
Old Engine OilHarviestoun Brewery Ltd.6.004.11,581100
Black Jack PorterLeft Hand Brewing Company6.803.721,24784
Bully! PorterBoulevard Brewing Co.6.003.871,09084
Samuel Adams Honey PorterBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.453.6990285
People's PorterFoothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub5.803.89743-
General Washington's Tavern PorterYards Brewing Co.7.003.82712-
Mayflower PorterMayflower Brewing Company5.504.11666100
Coffee PorterMeantime Brewing Company Limited6.003.7860487
St. Peter's Old-Style PorterSt. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd5.103.8457292
Zwet.BeBrouwerij Drie Fonteinen7.003.8463-
London PorterMeantime Brewing Company Limited6.504.01443-
Santa's ButtRidgeway Brewing6.003.4436-
Arcadia London PorterArcadia Brewing Company7.203.95429-
Boxcarr Pumpkin PorterStarr Hill Brewery5.203.33425-
Steelhead Scotch PorterMad River Brewing Company6.503.9332794
Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter)Short's Brewing Company9.154.18291-
Geary's London PorterD.L. Geary Brewing Company4.203.7728191
Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve Blackest AleHarviestoun Brewery Ltd.9.004.26276-
Original Flag PorterDarwin Brewery Ltd.5.003.85264-
Sly Rye PorterYazoo Brewing Company5.703.84262-
Green Man PorterGreen Man Brewery6.003.8425689
Redhook Blackhook PorterRedhook Ale Brewery5.233.525286
ContorterAle Asylum4.803.76238-
Dark Star PorterBluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's5.603.63222-
Death By CoconutOskar Blues Grill & Brew6.504.09217-
Entire Butt English PorterSalopian Brewing Company Ltd4.803.89212100
Kennebunkport PorterFederal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub5.603.26210-
Cygnus X-1Flat Earth Brewing Company6.503.8203-
PorterSt. George Brewing Company, The5.004.0120193
Benchwarmer PorterCooperstown Brewing Company6.303.7620192
Old GrowlerNethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.5.503.8219690
Shipyard Longfellow Winter AleShipyard Brewing Co.5.803.86176100
Rickard's DarkMolson Coors Canada4.802.98175-
Black Duck PorterGreenport Harbor Brewing Company4.703.98173-
Mill Street Vanilla PorterMill Street Brew Pub5.003.58173-
Duke Of WinshipMiddle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.6.503.87163-
Midnight SunWilliams Brothers Brewing Company5.603.9114890
Longboat Chocolate PorterPhillips Brewing Company5.203.64148-
Deep SixHeavy Seas Beer6.803.8813992
Old Slug PorterRCH Brewery4.503.77133-
Saranac Maple PorterMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.303.58117-
Anvil PorterFrench Broad Brewing Co.6.003.69116-
James Squire PorterMalt Shovel Brewery5.003.54112-
Shoo-Fly Pie PorterLancaster Brewing Company6.203.71110-
Pigs Ass PorterHarvest Moon Brewery ? 3.83108-
Brown's Whiskey PorterBrown's Brewing Company5.754.04108-
Pay The FerrymanLos Muertos Brewing5.003.63108-
Naval College Old PorterMeantime Brewing Company Limited8.004.21108-
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