Beer of the week: Stone Smoked Porter


Beer: Stone Smoked Porter

Style: American porter with smoked malt

Alcohol: 5.9 percent by volume

Price: About $6 a 22-ounce bottle at Total Wine & More

Story: Malted grains — kiln-dried barley, wheat and other cereal grains — are one of beer’s building blocks along with water, yeast and hops. Before the Industrial Age, malting was often done over open flames, which imparted a smokiness to the beer. Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, Calif., replicates that old-school style with its Smoked Porter, which uses peat-smoked malts for a heady, smoky aroma and flavor. Think bacon cooked over a campfire.

Pairing: Versatile Smoked Porter can coax sweet elements from chocolate desserts or boost the smokiness of grilled meats and veggies. Try it with 14-Hour House-Smoked Brisket at Swine Southern Table in Coral Gables.

Evan S. Benn

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