Travel to a time of brewer’s lore, when smoke was spelled “smoake,” when dark beers held the collective hearts and minds of the people of merry old England. Believe it or not, back in the 1850s, Porter ruled the beer world, and no one brewed Porter like the brewers of London. Drawing their water from the Thames, blending old and new batches, and experimenting with new types of malt, Porter evolved throughout the years, and probably at one time held some substantial smoakiness. Arcadia’s London Porter draws on this rich historic tradition, but adds a few special twists to make it all our own. The flavor of London Porter is multi-layered, starting with a bold, pleasing sweetened coffee richness, which gives way to round and subtle smoke, much like a delicately smoked ham. Porcine sweetness is capped by a gloss of fig jam or cherry compote, fruity and complex. Faint pear and hay notes barely poke through, reminders that there are some delightful American Glacier hops under all the finery.
Food Pairings: Sharp cheddar, smoked salmon, BBQ or smoked meats, oysters, mushrooms, tiramisu, apple tart.
Style: English Porter
Availability: Fall and Winter
Formats: 1/2bbl, 1/6bbl, 4/6 bottles