Part of the fun thing about beer is that each season seems to have a beer that fits it perfectly. Through the hot Kyoto summer, lighter beers and juicy, hoppy beers taste the best, and in the chilly Winter an Imperial Stout or Coffee Stout is just what the doctor ordered. In Fall, beers with more malt character start to taste better, and in the months leading up to Winter, something in between is just right.
This beer hits that craving right on the head. English crystal malts give a rich background sweetness and a touch of chocolate malt and roasted barley together create a great milk chocolate character. The yeast contributes a sweet honey-like background and fruity aroma, meaning each ingredient really works in harmony. In short, a perfect companion for the transition into the colder months of fall and winter.
Naming: The story is that this style of beer was so popular with the labourers, or “porters”, who carried goods around 18th-century London that the beer is named after them. This smooth, full-bodied beer was perfect for a quick half pint at the pub, a “swift half” as the British say, after a back-breaking day working on the streets or docks, and its popularity soon spread to people from all walks of life (even George Washington was a fan). So, take a break with a Porter’s Swift Half or two on your way home from a hard day of work or a “hard” day off (we won’t tell).
Style: Robust Porter
Yeast: American Ale
Gas Volumes: 2.3
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