When it comes to porters, stouts, brown ales, schwarzbier, etc (i.e. “dark beers”) there are a lot of misconceptions that those new to craft beer have. The number one reason for this? Let’s just say that there’s this well known Irish brewery that makes this particular beer that everyone knows and usually drinks at St. Patrick’s Day, and because that’s often the first (and only) dark beer most people have tried, all dark beers must then be like it. I mean, there are all sorts of macro beers out there, and all of them are yellow but only ONE beer that is dark. Well, for most of human history, all beers were, in fact, dark. Only in recent times have beers become lighter in color. But craft brewers make all sorts of styles, and many of these finished products are dark. Are they all like the Irish example above? Some are, sure, but I would say 80% or more are nothing like it.