Brewery releases London porter


The Old Shuck London porter has an ABV of 5 percent. Courtesy North Pier Brewing Company

A brewery in the region has added a London porter to its lineup of beers.

Benton Harbor-based North Pier Brewing Company said this week it released Old Shuck, a traditional “working man’s” porter, marked by “medium-bodied flavors,” a rich, dark color and a 5-percent ABV.

Old Shuck is brewed with London ale yeast and four malts, followed by a late addition of English Fuggle hops.

The brewery aims to replicate the historical London porter, which was “enjoyed after a long day’s work and before heading home to family.”

The beer gets its name from the ghostly demon dog that allegedly roamed the countryside in 16th-century England.

“While studying brewing in the U.K., I sampled many traditional London porters and was blown away by the lighter-bodied, easier-drinking style — which you don’t usually see in porters here in the U.S.,” said Steve Distasio, head brewer, North Pier Brewing Company.

Old Shuck joins North Pier’s flagship beers, Buckrider and The Conjurer, and is available for purchase in four-packs of 16-ounce cans.

The company's beers are available on tap and in cans throughout Berrien County, Holland, Grand Rapids and Lansing.

North Pier recently added six 45-barrel outdoor fermenters and an off-site storage facility to increase its total capacity from 800 barrels per year to 4,000 barrels per year.

North Pier

Jay Fettig opened North Pier Brewing Company in 2016 with the vision of exploring the European-style ale tradition.

The company’s taproom features a rotation of mainstay beers and limited varieties.

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