Chicago Tribune Beer of the Month: Meantime London Porter
The Chicago Tribune has recognized London Porter from the Meantime Brewing Company in London as its beer of the month for February. Meantime London Porter is a traditional English Porter, not to be confused with some of the more amped up and modernized American porters. In the 1700s English porters were a blend of three different styles of beer, and were brewed to energize the men behind the industrial revolution. Meantime London Porter is not a blend of three different beer styles, but it does use seven malt varieties in a successful effort to recreate what made porters so beloved in the 1700s.
What's in the bottle: Mahogany amber color. Rich chocolatey mocha and nut aromas have a subtle earthy edge and follow through on a rich, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body. Seamless texture and a resonant, dried apple, pear and coffee accented fade. Delicious and inviting. -Jerald OKennard, special to the Tribune
Binnys has several delicious and traditional English porters, as well as a handful of American porters if you are looking for something that pushes the envelope of the style.
English Style Porters
Meantime London Porter, London, England ($9.99, 750ml)
Samuel Smiths Taddy Porter, Tadcaster, England ($10.99, 4- pack)
Fullers London Porter, London, England ($11.99, 6- pack)
Left Hand Blackjack Porter, Longmont, Colorado ($9.99, 6-pack)
Arcadia London Porter, Battle Creek, Michigan ($8.99, 6-pack)
American Style Porters
Bells Porter, Kalamazoo, Michican ($9.99, 6-pack)
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Cleveland, Ohio ($8.99, 6-pack)
Founders Porter, Grand Rapids, Michigan ($9.99, 6-pack)
Flying Dog Road Dog Porter, Frederick, Maryland ($9.99, 6-pack)
Anchor Porter, San Francisco, California ($9.49, 6-pack)
Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, Denver, Colorado ($9.49, 6-pack)
Which porter tops your list?