Artisanal Imports (a BeerPulse sponsor) reports that Meantime Naval College Old Porter landed on U.S. shores on June 25th. The beer has since made its way into some bars and retailers on draft and in 750ml bottles.
According to the description on Beer Menus, this beer is the same as Hospital Porter. That name isn’t allowed on beer labels in the U.S. due to the word, “hospital,” being closely associated with the general subject matter of “health.” The TTB has long forbid such terms with the idea that drinkers could be convinced by a label that alcohol contains health benefits.
24 months oak aging in used Bruichladdich Octomore barrels has lent a woody, intensely peaty smokiness to our ‘stock’ Porter, which we have blended with a younger beer. This latter adds vitality to the brew. Hospital Porter one beer that is best not over-chilled, and, like the original Porters, will mature with age. This beer has only been available on draught at the Old Brewery at the Old Royal Naval Hospital — until now.
For ordering information, visit Artisanal Imports’ website.