Youngs and Porter

Back in November I wrote a small posting here about Porter, a Victorian type of stout.

Now being in favour of that wonderful black stuff Guinness as a top tipple I was pleasantly surprised last night when I came across ‘Young’s London Porter’.

Oooh! A taste of the past I thought and I guess it was really as it was In 1831 Charles Allen Young and his partner Anthony Fothergill Bainbridge bought the Ram Brewery from the Trittons, and it is this association that still has Young’s pubs all over the country!.

Charles Young & Bainbridge bought a porter brewery but by 1864 production had come to include the first pints of what was to become known as Young’s Bitter.

Sadly Charles died in 1855 which left his son (also Charles) Charles  to enter the partnership. Herbert took over in 1873. However in 1883 the there was scandal and a sudden dissolution of the Young and Bainbridge partnership. It appears Herbert Bainbridge had run off with Charles Young’s wife…Good grief!!

So Charles carried on the business as a solo enterprise as Young & Co and when he died in 1890 his wish was fulfilled and the formation of a private limited company and that is Young & Co.’s Brewery Limited which still exists today and produces a good pint of Porter.

It’s a difficult one to describe, Porter is like a cross between a weak real ale and a Guinness. It has the lightness of an ale but the taste of a good stout…check it out if you get a chance at the Robin Hood Pub, Sutton.



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