Saturday, June 4, 2011

Berkshire Brewing Company's Drayman's Porter

First of all, do not confuse this with the Coffeehouse Porter.

BBC began with a chat with Chris Lalli and Gary Bogoff (who looks abnormally similar to "the Dude") when they said "Let's make beer ya dingus" in 1992. So they started a brewery in an old cigar factory in South Deerfield, MA. If the first thing you thought of when I said South Deerfield was Yankee Candle, you are two things; correct and as gay as Orlando Bloom. By 1994 these bros were in full swing. These guys got so popular so fast they had to add on more room 5 year later to keep with demand. In 2005, they actually were no longer a microbrewery and went to the status of regional brewery, as they ship out around half a million gallons a year to New England.

These guys make almost 20 different brews along with some liquor also.

This is their Drayman's Porter. A drayman is the driver of, like, a flatbed wagon, usually driven by horses as depicted on their bottles for the porter; the above picture is a generic growler. This brew has a blend of coffee and chocolate and unlike most porters, this has a very smooth operating system, like a Commadore 64. It is very full bodied and kicks like a mule at 6.2% ABV. The aroma is abnormally mild for a beer this flavorful; so don't let that distract you.

The IBU (International Bitterness Units) is a mere 36 so you know this baby won't leave you with a sour taste in your mouth. It's got a nice, dark head to it, like Magic Johnson, but don't pour this like some drunken hillbilly because it will foam up on you like a rabid Chiuaua in a graduated cylinder.

In short this beer is as legit as they come. It packs a punch like Soda Popinski and is economical at $9 a growler (.5 gallons); which is a little higher than a 6-pack and who doesn;t like to get drunk off of a jug? Next time your out buying candles, swing by BBC and do yourself a favor; get wasted drunk.

Other Berkshire Brewery Reviews:
Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale

Drinkability: 7/10
Taste: 9/10
Value: 6/10
Curb Appeal: 7/10

Overall: 7.25/10


  1. How much is the deposit on the growler? Do you factor that into the value and the fact that you can't be lazy and have to take it back to the store to get your money back?

  2. i consider it, i got like 4 growlers now. they vary on brewery. BBC is 1.50. Opa-Opa is $2. I figure i'll drop them all off at once.