One of the greater things about watching football in America is that most matches, especially those of the EPL, are early in the morning American time, giving people an excuse to day drink. This is part of our series discussing exactly what to drink when you’re at the pub, presented by our resident homebrewer, Keith.
The Beer: Black Duck Porter, Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., Greenport, New York
The Pub: Smithfield, 28th Street and 7th Avenue, New York, New York
What you need to know: I covered the history of both American and British porters in previous posts; Black Duck fits more into the English category. Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. is new to the game- they founded their company in an old firehouse in 2008, and shipped their first brews in the Summer of 2009.
So, about this beer: Pours deep black with ruby highlights, and a pillowy beige head that quickly dissipates. Roasty, oaty aromas greet you as you lift the glass. Initial toasty malt flavors fade nicely to a rounded chocolate, with only the faintest hint of hop bitterness grounding the beer.
The Verdict: This is a quite excellent porter. Similar to DC Brau’s Penn Quarter Porter, it really allows the roasted malts to shine. The hop flavor is fainter than the DC Brau version, so if you’re looking for a pure, unadulterated “pint of cocoa” in your session, go with this (then again, neither brewery distributes outside of their immediate metropolitan area as of yet, so you’re unlikely to see them both at the same bar).