Saturday 11 May 2019

Porter and me

You may have noticed that I've been posting stuff on the history of Porter. There's a good reason for that.

I'm busy writing the talk I'm going to give in Asheville beer week. In about two weeks. This is the link:

My mate Mike Karnowski of Zebulon has brewed up a bunch of Porters that span the history of Porter, from the 1750s to the 1920s. While the crowd enjoy the beers. I'll be rambling on about history in my usual way. I'm sure I'll enjoy it.

And, just as a side thing, Mike has brewed up the Warwick's & Richardson's (a brewery in my home town of Newark) range of beers from 1910. He really does spoil me.

When I write a new talk, I always kick off my writing an article on the topic. Then write the slides based on that. It pulls my thought together nicely, writing the article. Plus I get I get the article itself. One went on to become the book Lager!.

The article for my Porter history talk is getting a little bit out of hand. Over 10,000 words. I usually aim for between 4,000 and 5,000 for a 45-minute talk. Lots of editing required, unless I intend talking for two hours.

It would be a shame to waste what is a nice potted history of Porter. I've been thinking that it would make a good introduction to a book of historical Porter recipes. Would anyone be interested in that?

I'd say that I wouldn't waste my time on it, if no-one was interested. But that's never stopped me in the past.


Anonymous said...

How acidic tasting did the old Porters get? Was it on a par with Lambics you might taste today, or was it more subtle? I realize it was partly a result of the blending with younger beer, but I'm curious how far it went.

Anonymous said...


Yann said...

That'd be a book I'd like to read, let's hope I am not the only one!

Ron Pattinson said...


far less acidic than Lambic. Probably no more than 0.35% acidity compared to over 1% in Lambic.

Foggy Noggin Brewing said...

Absolutely! I’ll buy one and brew a bunch for a historical event!

Kevin said...

I would love a book of historic porter recipes!

Stuart said...

A book with Historic Porters Recipes - I'd like to have a go at some of those.

StuartP said...

I already seem to have quite a large book of historical porter recipes!!

swigging-pig said...

If you produced a book of historical Porter recipes I would be interested in buying it.

Anonymous said...

But you've already done an excellent book on Porter, Ron.

Stuart Carter said...

please post the 10k words!