Anyone for a stout?

Howdy,

Just thought I would post a quick update on my recent beer-exploration, and its all about dark beers! The porter, named after the profession who would enjoy a glass of the refreshing beverage in between work, is a truly smooth and refreshing beverage. I have been getting my hands on several varieties of these beauties, having gotten hooked on the dark stuff from my recent visit to The Porterhouse on Maiden Lane in Covent Garden. If you have never been to this place, I would seriously recommend a visit. It’s a lovely Irish Bar, but not what you would expect from one. Completely classy and beautifully finished, with a huge selection of Irish brews on tap, including some world class porters, which lend their name to the establishment. If you are looking for a quiet place to have a nice drink and some food, this is definitely not for you. The Porterhouse is a very lively bar and gets absolutely packed almost every day after work, so it is definitely a place to grab a couple of quick drinks and sample some porters, rather than somewhere to settle in for the night. They have live music and usually some sort of sport on the TV, so needless to say it is my kind of place…

Unpaid endorsement aside, I have been really enjoying my porters and stouts, and am considering brewing up a batch of the dark beer myself. It would be great to enjoy a tasty home made stout, perfectly chilled, in the summer heat (fingers crossed the UK will see some sunshine this summer). However for ease of refrigeration and storage I may make my first batch of stout the first batch I bottle rather than keg. I am getting slightly concerned over drinking the sheer quantity of beer I am planning to brew, although I suppose that’s nothing a small gathering of friends cannot remedy on a couple of sunny afternoons in the garden.

How do you feel about dark beers? Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts, or a tasty recipe for one if you are willing to share!

Until next time.