Baltic-Style Porter

Developed in London in the 18th century, Porter dark and well-hopped, akin to stout. As the popularity of Porter spread around the world, various regions put their own spin on the beer using local ingredients and brewing methods, hence the arrival of the Baltic-Style Porter.

The beer got its name from the porters who loaded ships, many of which then set sail for the Baltics. Unsurprisingly, local residents adored the flavour of the beer and set about making their own. Somewhat confusingly, standard Porter is a stout, but Baltic-Style Porter isn’t. In fact, Baltic-Style Porter is technically a lager. That’s because it’s brewed using lager years, which was more common in colder countries, like Latvia and Lithuania.

Why Try a Baltic-Style Porter?

Many drinkers maintain than a Baltic-Style Porter is lager’s answer to Imperial Stout. With hints of chocolate, coffee and cream, as well as roasted character, there are certainly a lot of similarities. As Baltic-Style Porters have grown in popularity in recent years, more and more brewers have turned their hand to making them.

American breweries, in particular, are producing Baltic-Style Porter which is has a more noticeable roasted flavour than its traditional counterpart (and a higher alcohol content!).

While you can certainly enjoy a Baltic-Style Porter (or two) on its own, it’s also great paired with hearty meals, like stews, steaks and even burgers. Whether you’re at the dinner table, in the pub or sampling new flavours at your favourite craft beer festival, you won’t want to miss out on the Baltic-Style Porter.