Anspach & Hobday The Porter

It’s time for our second delve into the third Needle & Pin craft beer selection box.

Paul (Anspach) & Jack (Hobday), two London graduates, founded Anspach & Hobday in the pursuit of a better beer experience. Guided by the wave of contemporary craft beer and inspired by the illustrious brewing heritage of London, their brewery and and brewery tap are based in an archway in Bermondsey, just a stone’s throw from the Shard and Tower Bridge, and right in the heart of the Victorian brewing quarter.

“The Porter” is their lead beer, rich, dark & roasted, the beer that got them where they are today, and still brewed to the same recipe as the first time it was home-brewed in 2011. It won silver at the International Beer Challenge 2013 as home-brew and then gold in 2014 as a commercial brew.


As we open it up and pour, we find roasty smoky malts, with hops lingering a little in the mouth. No carbonation to speak of (I was expecting at least some) but it’s very much a classic porter.