Historical Beer: Pre-Prohibition Porter


Overall Impression
An American adaptation of English Porter using American ingredients, including adjuncts.

Also sometimes known as Pennsylvania Porter or East Coast Porter.

Commercially brewed in Philadelphia during the revolutionary period, the beer gained wide acceptance in the newly formed mid-Atlantic states, and was endorsed by President George Washington.
Two and six row malt (or a combination of both) are used, along with low percentages of dark malts including black, chocolate, and brown malt (roasted barley is not typically used). Adjuncts are acceptable, including corn, brewers licorice, molasses, and porterine. More historical versions will have up to twenty percent adjuncts. Lager or ale yeast. Emphasis on historical or traditional American bittering hops (Cluster, Willamette, Cascade), though finishing and flavor hops may vary.
Commercial Examples
Stegmaier Porter, Yuengling Porter