Welcome to PW's 50-Beer Countdown to Philly Beer Week! Every day from now through the Opening Tap ceremonies on May 31, we'll be getting in the mood by spotlighting a different great craft brew that's been poured by one or more Philly Beer Week participating venues.
There are a few core styles that should be explored and appreciated by any self-respecting beer geek, and without question porter is one of those styles. The origins of stout lie in porter, and porter itself has a rich, impressive history. There are lots of porters out there, some pretty mediocre, but Founders Porter is one of the very best on the market. It gets a perfect 100 at ratebeer.com for a reason. Pouring a brown so deep it might as well be black, the frothy tan head kicks up aromas of chocolate, toffee, and a hint of coffee, and the taste is pure bliss. You know that “ooooh” sound some people make when they bite into a rich chocolate cake? Yeah, it’s like that. The label describes the beer as “Dark, Rich and Sexy,” and that’s about right. This is pure sex in a glass. Drinking it in public feels like an indecent act. But if indecency is wrong, we don’t want to be right. Honestly, if you even remotely like porters, GET THIS BEER. Founders Porter is sometimes available at South Philadelphia Tap Room, The Farmer’s Cabinet, American Sardine Bar and The Greeks Next Door.