Cole Porter (1894 -1964) was one of the leading songwriters of Broadway musicals. This genre is now known as the Great American Songbook and his songs have been covered by great singers from Ella Fitzgerald to Rod Stewart. A band that probably liked a drop of Porter or Stout were the Celtic Punk band, The Pogues. In 1990 they teamed up with the late, great Kirsty McColl (1959 -2000) and recorded one of Cole Porter’s best-known songs, “Miss Otis Regrets”. There are hundreds of versions of this classic song but I particularly like this poignant version.
I chose to pair this with Harvey’s Black Porter Stout, which is now available in 330 ml. cans. It pours a black colour and has a roasted coffee aroma. This is a very smooth, rich drink with a real depth of flavour. Hints of coffee and chocolate come through. This beer has none of the harsh acrid tastes of some stouts. This is a beer to sip slowly in order to appreciate its complex taste. Stout traditionally goes with shellfish, especially oysters. It would also go well with a casserole.
Harvey’s have been brewing in the picturesque Sussex town of Lewes since 1820. They are one of only 34 breweries established in the UK before 1973 that are still independent businesses. All the rest were swallowed up by big corporations and their breweries closed down. Harvey’s occupy a prominent riverside location in the centre of Lewes and are the oldest brewery in Sussex. They have a very fine bottle shop in the High Street where you can buy around 20 different styles of their bottled and canned ales. Harvey’s own 48 pubs in the South East of England and supply cask ale to several hundred Free Houses in the South.
Pour yourself a glass of Harvey’s Black stout and listen to the immense talent of Kirsty who deserves to be remembered for more than, “There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis”.