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?