Anchor Brewing Company
are popular these days, at one time porter very nearly went extinct. By the 1970s, no English breweries were brewing porter; they all had ceded that space to the more popular style of stout. In stepped Anchor, which brewed the first post-Prohibition porter in the United States in 1972. (It should be noted that by 1979, a handful of English brewers had started experimenting with the style again.)
Fermented with Anchor’s top-fermenting yeast and brewed with a mélange of roasted malts, Anchor Porter falls right in the sweet spot between the sweet malts of a brown ale and the dark roastiness of a stout. The flavor is largely toffee sweetness, with bitter coffee and caramel maltiness rounding out either side. Even with these rich notes, Anchor Porter is light in body and easy to drink at 5.6% ABV. More than four decades after its debut, it remains the quintessential American porter.