Porter is a category of dark beers that tend to have malt character that is roastier than English brown ales, but less than stouts. While all the styles are referred to as ales, Baltic porter is often times brewed as a lager.
A London porter benefits from the proper water: alkaline with a dose of sodium and chloride. Thames water was revered as producing better porters and that character is evidenced in the water profile. The somewhat elevated alkalinity of the London porter profile helps keep the mash pH slightly higher than in typical pale beer brewing, enhancing the flavor quality of the dark malts.
A London porter would likely be characterized as a brown porter using BJCP style guidelines. The malt bill for a brown porter is largely 2-row pale malt with modest percentages of roast and crystal malts. According to Brewing Classic Styles, the secret to a great brown porter recipe is the inclusion of brown malt. English hops are preferred to meld with the malt bill.
This porter is packed with peppermint, thanks to the use of peppermint tea bags. It's balanced with roasty chocolate malts, coffee beans and flaked oats that will ensure every porter lovers' satisfaction.
Justin McClenahan of Silver Spring, MD, member of the The Brewing Network, won a gold medal in Category #6: Strong European Lager with a Baltic Porter during the 2019 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Providence, RI. McClenahan’s Strong European Lager was chosen as the best among 269 entries in the category.Read More
Ryan Celia of Easton, PA, member of the Lehigh Valley Home Brewers, won a gold medal in Category #12: Brown British Beer with an English Porter during the 2019 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Providence, RI. Celia’s Brown British Beer was chosen as the best among 259 entries in the category.Read More
Matt Knight of Milford, CT, member of the Brew Haven, won a gold medal in Category #14: American Porter & Stout with an American Porter during the 2019 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Providence, RI with the help of Mike Joshi. Knight and Joshi’s American Porter & Stout was chosen as the best among 304 entries in the category.Read More
This beer recipe was originally featured in the March/April 2016 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association to get your Zymurgy magazine subscription and access to the digital archive!
In his article "Uncharted Territory: S. Eubayanus," Jared Spidel dives into a little known—and hard to get—yeast called Sacchormyces eubayanus. Spidel was on a mission to understand this newfound strain, so he decided to set up a homebrew competition to see how S. eubayanus works in various different styles. This brown porter recipe earned competition entrant Chris Clair the best-of-show title.
Check out the Zymurgy magazine article (March/April 2016 issue) to learn how to get your hands on S. eubayanus!
This well balanced, yet complex porter from Big Timber Brewing Company derives all of its flavor from loads of specialty malts. It was one of three beers available when the brewery opened in 2014. The recipe has remained virtually unchanged, and this beer and can only be found in West Virginia!
This beer was named Pile 'O Dirt because of the ridiculous amount of dirt Crow Peak Brewing had to build their original brewery on to get them out of the flood plain. This porter is very dark in color with a nice tan head and complexity due to the variety of specialty malts used.
One of Reuben's Brews year round beers, this robust porter was one of the first beers brewed when they opened in 2012. Brewmaster Adam Robbings came up with the recipe as a homebrewer and he won gold the first three competitions with the very first batch!
Holy City Brewing's Pluff Mud Porter presents (and smells) like a classic porter, with subtle chocolate notes and a silky finish, but the medium body and tame ABV keep it refreshing at all times. Enjoy this throughout the year, in or out of the marsh.
The following recipe was featured in the January/February 2019 issue of Zymurgy magazine.
This recipe comes to us courtesy of homebrewers Rafa Palacios and Sergio Medina from Cádiz, Spain. Zymurgy editor-in-chief Dave Carpenter loved drinking this beer at the 2018 annual meeting of the Associación de Cerveceros Caseros Españoles (ACCE), the Spanish homebrewers association. We contacted Rafa and Sergio, and they kindly shared their recipe. Lace up your Docs and brew a batch of Black Hole Sun today. You won’t regret it.