This beer was inspired by the rich and often dark history of the London porters. Porter beers were the working man's / women's sustenance. General laborers, called Porters, would transport goods across London, and with no time or money for food they would sneak the odd beer here and there when they could. As a consequence, the dark, malty, beers that they drank became know as 'Porters'.
These beers were originally made with malted barley that was malted (dried) over an open fire. This process gave the beer smokey and charcoal notes. Then came the Industrial Revolution with clean burning coal and the age of clear, bright lagers due to a much cleaner malting process.
We love a bit of history, particularly beer history. This beer is our ode to a simpler time, one where beer wasn't mass produced.
As for why it's called Johnny Smoke Porter, well you'll have to catch Scotty at the taproom for a beer one day and ask...
Tasting notes: Campfire smoke evolves to a smooth, moderate body and earthy hop bitterness, finishing with layers of dark chocolate and espresso. Smoke up Johnny...
Hops Willamette and East Kent Goldings
Malts Chocolate, Ale, Brown, Crystal, Black, Beechwood Smoked Malt.
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Easy: Think compliment - you can't go wrong with a good ol' fashioned steak and three veg. Simple, yet satisfying
Medium: This is where the Charcuterie board shines, topped with all the cheese's, smoked sausage, salami, pate and terrine. Yes please!
Harder: Think contrast - icecream!
Cooking with beer:
This beer would have to be our favorite beer to cook with. Try the Johnny Smoke Porter Beer brine. Brining is one of the simplest tricks to adding great subtle flavour to meats whilst tenderising at the same time. We cant go past a beer brined salmon tail! Another option is the JSP Short Rib burger with truffled red cabbage and apple slaw (Click on the hyperlinks to view the recipes)