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: Fuller’s London Porter, Fuller’s Griffin Brewery, London, United Kingdom
The Pub: The Black Swan, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York
What you Need to Know: Did you know we like porters in this column? I’ve covered the history of the porter as the original beertail ad nauseum since we’ve been writing about beer. Fuller’s London Porter is pretty much in line with a basic English Robust Porter.
Fuller’s is one of the large pub/brewery conglomerates in England, on par with Young’s and Wells, who we’ve discussed previously in this space. Their brewery operations are centered at the Griffin Brewery, which has been an active brewing spot for 350 years. It’s quite famously located at the first stop from Heathrow, so if you’re traveling into London and packed light, you could do worse to acclimatize.
So, About this Beer: Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head. Roasted coffee and bread heavy on the nose. A burst of chocolate on the initial palate, fading to roasty and mineral notes. Lingering hop bitterness on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and lingers a little bit- like nicely warmed maple syrup.
The Verdict: This is one of those beers that you take one sip and say “yeah, this is gonna be great.” It’s delicious, complex, and a perfect representation of one of my preferred styles.