February is Stout and Porter night!
The esteemed Bill Scheller will give a talk about porter and stout in terms of the bigger idea of "what is style."
"The two styles were virtually interchangeable for most of their existence, and it's only in the last 30 years where we've seen a marked difference based upon ingredients (which seems to be the modern definition of the difference - stout uses roasted barley and porter doesn't).
"I think a lot of people, particularly newer brewers, think of beer styles as fixed. Most modern styles we drink today are similar to their historical roots but history isn't a clean unbroken line. Many modern examples of porter and stout, when judged blind, could easily be classified as the other style," says Bill.
This will be an interactive discussion where will will taste several beers and decide what we think is porter and what we think is stout. We also hope that it will open up the larger issue of examining what we mean when we talk about beer styles.
We invite you to bring a commercial example of stouts and porters to enjoy at this meeting. No homebrewed beer will be allowed per current state law.
All active members and guests are invited to attend.
FH Steinbart Co
234 Southeast 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214-1321
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