I don’t normally think of porters as summer-time beers, but it’s cloudy and rainy here today, and nothing beats a good porter on a gloomy afternoon. My favorite is San Francisco’s Anchor Porter.
I like porters in the same way I like coffee: solid, and without any gimmicky flavors. Just like I want coffee to taste like strong coffee, and not hazelnut, I want my porter to taste like porter, and not like mocha or oatmeal. Don’t get me wrong – the Anchor Porter does have all the overtones of caramel and chocolate that you expect alongside those malts, but they aren’t overwhelming. That’s because the Anchor is crafted and well-balanced.
Dark, creamy, smooth, and just about perfect. If it’s foggy your way, I recommend the Anchor Porter.