Beer Style: Porter Family

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The 10 Easiest Beer Styles


It’s Brew Your Own’s Tenth Anniversary and we’re kicking off a year-long series of articles with our list of the 10 most approachable beer styles.

Perfect Porter


Porter was born in London in 1722 and for years was the most popular pint in the working-class pubs. After nearly disappearing, the style was brought back in the 1970s and is enjoying a modern-day revival on both sides of the Atlantic. Tips, techniques and step-by-step recipes from Terry Foster, the man who literally wrote the book on porter.

Maple Porter


Maple Porter (5 gallons/19 L, extract with grains) OG = 1.080  FG = 1.016 IBU = 35  SRM = 40  ABV = 8.4% Ingredients 6.6 lbs. (3 kg) light malt extract syrup

Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.’s Old Leghumper clone


According to Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.’s website, “This roust porter is dark brown in color and full bodies with a malty sweet taste. Deep roasted, yet silk smooth! Two types of roasted malts, included roasted chocolate malt give this beer its award-winning flavor. World Beer Cup Gold medalist in 2002 and Bronze medalist in 2000.”

Brew a Porter using a Partial-Mash


How to do a partial-mash, boil the full wort, use a wort chiller and prime a full five-gallon batch. Plus: a quick guide to grain color.

Vermont Pub and Brewery’s Smoked Porter clone


Vermont Pub & Brewery smokes their own malts over apple, maple, and hickory woodchips to recreate this 17th century style robust ale. You can smoke your own malts, or buy rauchmalt as an alternative.

Deschutes Brewery’s Black Butte Porter clone


Deschutes’ flagship beer — the one that started it all! A rich, creamy mouthfeel complements a layered depth, revealing distinctive chocolate and coffee notes.

Robust Porter


Porter was designed with economy in mind. In 1722 brewer Ralph Harwood created a brew he called “entire” to replace the three-beer blend that dominated London pubs. Publicans who once poured a

Blueberry Porter


This brew is a seasonal one for me based on blueberry harvest. Those of you not within fresh blueberry territory will have to make do with frozen blueberries from your grocery store. Four pounds of our local berries (the size of chick peas, roughly) give a noticeable blueberry flavor and aroma, even in a porter.

Chocolate Porter #47


"I’m a big porter and stout fan, and I think that I finally found the perfect porter recipe. It has a real full chocolate flavor and is quite creamy smooth."

– Jeff Atkins
Springfield, Ill.

Create Your Own Great Porter


Do you remember the movie “Johnny Dangerously”? Johnny walks into his mother’s apartment and asks, “Whatcha cookin’ Ma?” His mother says “Beer.” Johnny replies, “With noodles, good idea.” This seemed funny at

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