What is Porter?

What is Porter?

02 May 2024

by The Craft Beer Lover

What is Porter beer and where did it originate?

Porter beer is a dark and flavourful style of beer known for its rich maltiness, roasted character, and moderate to high alcohol content. It originated in England in the 18th century, likely evolving from earlier dark beer styles such as brown ale. Porter gained popularity among the working class in London, particularly among porters and laborers, hence its name. The style was eventually exported to other countries and evolved over time, giving rise to variations such as Baltic Porter and American Porter.

Where can you find great Porter beer?

Great Porter beer can be found worldwide, with variations of the style brewed in countries around the world. In England, breweries like Fuller's, Samuel Smith's, and Harvey's are renowned for their classic interpretations of the Porter style, known for their balance of roasted malt flavours and subtle hop bitterness. In the United States, craft breweries have embraced the Porter style, producing innovative and flavourful interpretations such as American Porter, Chocolate Porter, and Coffee Porter. Additionally, breweries in countries like Belgium, Poland, and Australia also offer outstanding examples of the Porter style, each with its own unique twist and flavour profile.

What is the alcohol by volume (ABV) range of Porter beer?

The alcohol by volume (ABV) range of Porter beer typically falls between 4% and 8%. However, some variations, such as Baltic Porter or Imperial Porter, can have higher ABV levels, ranging from 8% to 12% or even higher.

What are some food pairings that go well with Porter beer?

Porter beer's rich and complex flavours make it a versatile pairing option for a wide range of dishes. Some popular food pairings that go well with Porter beer include:

  1. Barbecue: Porter beer's bold maltiness and roasted character complement the smoky and savory flavours of barbecue dishes such as ribs, brisket, or pulled pork, adding depth and richness to the meal.
  2. Chocolate desserts: Porter beer's notes of chocolate and roasted malt pair well with chocolate desserts such as brownies, chocolate cake, or chocolate truffles, creating a harmonious combination that is both indulgent and satisfying.
  3. Cheese platters: Porter beer's complex flavours and moderate bitterness make it an excellent pairing for a variety of cheeses, including sharp cheddar, aged gouda, or creamy blue cheese, enhancing the flavours of both the beer and the cheese.
  4. Grilled meats: Porter beer's hearty flavours and moderate alcohol content make it an excellent choice to pair with grilled meats such as steak, burgers, or sausages, adding depth and complexity to the dish.

In summary, Porter beer's dark, rich, and flavourful character makes it a fantastic choice for pairing with a variety of dishes, from barbecue and chocolate desserts to cheese platters and grilled meats.

Where can I buy Porter beer in Australia?

If you're looking to buy Porter beer in Australia, Only Craft Beer is your go-to destination. Only Craft Beer offers a diverse selection of Porter beers from some of the best independent breweries across the country. Whether you prefer classic English-style Porters, American-style Porters, or innovative and experimental variations of the style, Only Craft Beer has something for every Porter enthusiast. With the convenience of online shopping and direct delivery from the brewery to your doorstep, it's never been easier to enjoy the finest Porter beers Australia has to offer.

What are some of the best Porter beers available at Only Craft Beer?

At Only Craft Beer, you'll find an extensive range of top-notch Porter beers from renowned Australian breweries. Some of the best options include: Yulli's Fat Nerd Vanilla Porter, a smooth & creamy dark beer brewed with loads of vanilla beans. It is backed by a lovely chocolate & roasted malt character and a firm bitterness; Loophole's Salt Water Stout Porter a full bodied, big, dark and spicy throughout; and Shepparton's Fruit Sorter Porter, a chocolaty but balanced with subtle bitterness. With such a diverse selection available, you're sure to find your new favourite Porter beer at Only Craft Beer.