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Porter

Porter is a dark-coloured style of beer. The history and development of stout and porter are intertwined.[1] The name was first used in the 18th century from its popularity with the street and river porters of London. It is generally brewed with dark malts. The name "stout" for a dark beer came about because a strong porter may be called "Extra Porter" or "Double Porter" or "Stout Porter". The term "Stout Porter" would later be shortened to just "Stout". For example, Guinness Extra Stout was originally called "Extra Superior Porter" and was only given the name Extra Stout in 1840.

Historically, many American breweries had a porter in their product range, including P. Ballantine & Sons (who were well known for other specialty styles as well, including a well regarded India Pale Ale and a Brown Stout). The Yuengling brewery in Pennsylvania has long had a Porter among its offerings and continues to do so today. Another well known Pennsylvania porter was Stegmaier; while the original company is defunct, the brand is still produced by the Lion Brewery. The microbrewery revival of the past twenty five years has led to a resurgence in the popularity of the style, with many new varieties available around the world, including offerings from Deschutes, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Catamount, and many others.

Synonym: Stout
See also: Stout, Ale, Bitter, Beer, Mile Ale, Pale Ale
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porter_(beer)
Last modified: 7 September 2009
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