Long before they overwhelmed and dominated the Britsh beer market, the “blonde ladies”, Porter was found in bars and pubs in various versions. With a long maturation and a fresh aftertaste, due to fresh British hops, the dark and black Porter, that left a chocolate or coffee hint, was quite popular.
In 18th century London, it is said that a popular drink was served which consisted of 1/3 ale, 1/3 beer and 1/3 twoppenny (twopenny was a stronger beer which got its name because it cost two pence a ¼ pint). This drink was the forerunner of the beer that was brewed as a single beer by Hardwood in 1720 and was called Entire. This particular drink and specifically this beer became a favorite of the port workers, “porters” who would rush to get a “pint” to drink during their breaks or after their shift was over. According to one theory that is how Porter beer got its name.
Another source says that in 18th century dark beers were separated in pubs, according to the degree of alcohol they contained and classified as extra, double or stout. Stouts were synonymous to a strong Porter, stronger than the rest. Keep in mind that at the time alcohol content wasn’t considered as important as it is today. Categorization by scale was not commonly accepted and therefore it was lost.
Aside from the simple Porter there was a different version produced in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Belarus and Russia. This type of Porter had a higher degree of alcohol than the classic Porter and since it was produced in the particular countries it was known as Baltic Porter. This type of beer is no longer produced either because of lack of demand or because progress resulted in its “mutation” from Porter to Lager.
A well known porter in our country is Anchor Porter, which is imported from the U.S.A. By DEALS. The American porter is very close to the traditional porters that were produced in the past. It can be easily found in many places/premises and its a dependable alternative, for anyone that enjoys dark beers such as Guinness and Murphy’s and want to break away from conventional tastes.
In 2011 the first Greek porter was presented from Septem. The original thought behind Septem Winter Porter was to launch seasonal beers for the greek microbrewery. It was available from December of 2011 to February of 2012. While in some places was available until May of the same year. The success and great appeal it had led the microbrewery to consider producing it from October of this year perhaps as permanent option for entrepreneurs and consumers. The beer has an intense aroma and a taste of bitter chocolate and coffee, since it’s produced from hops especially imported from England and Belgium for this particular beer.
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