The Historical Decline of Porter (Video Tip)

Mike Karnowski is here to talk about how the World Wars played into the decline of porter and the rise of stouts.

Mike Karnowski May 16, 2019 - 2 min read

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Porter played a big role in the evolution of beer, but a number of circumstances led to its decline over time. Mike Karnowski of Zebulon Artisan Ales talks about the history of the style, it's importance, and the difficulty of recreating truly historical recipes.

While stouts might have taken porters place in popularity, there are still plenty of reasons to love and respect the dark ale.

About This Video Course

Zebulon Artisan Ales Founder and lifelong brewer Mike Karnowski takes you through the history of 1700-1800's English brewing, followed by a demonstration of how to make your own brown malt, invert sugar, and brew a porter (circa 1880) using your new ingredients.

View the full video course, where Mike Karnowski takes you back into the 1700s to cover:

  • Malt, hops, yeast, and sugar selection for historical beers
  • Historical brewing in other parts of Europe
  • Making your own English invert syrups
  • Brewing techniques for historical beers
  • Stout vs. porter
  • Making your own historical brown malt
  • Brewing a 1750's era porter with diastatic brown malt
  • Packaging + serving english ales
  • and much more!