Fall is here in the Emerald City and that means Stouts. Everywhere you look, it seems breweries are preparing their annual Stout releases and, as much as I do love a good Stout, their abundance can sometimes overshadow the deliciousness of a good Porter.
The differences between Stouts and Porters can be subtle and the debate over what the exact differences are continues. Basically though, Porters are a bit lighter in body and mouthfeel and sometimes, though definitely not always, can be slightly lower in alcohol. Essentially, all Porters are Stouts, but not all Stouts are Porters.
Now that I’ve made things clear as mud for you, I’d like to tell you that one of the best known and best loved Porters in the Northwest, Alaskan Brewing Company’s Smoked Porter, is turning 30. Alaskan Brewing is preparing to celebrate with the opening of their expanded taproom this Saturday.