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Feb 28, 2009 04:43 AM

Porter Ale

I am finally going to try Molly Stevens' short ribs. One of the key ingredients, of course, is porter ale. As I never buy beer or liquor, can someone suggest a place where I can get porter ale? Would a supermarket or Whole Foods have it? A place in the W. Village or Union Square area is preferable.

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  1. I'm pretty sure Whole Foods would have it - I usually shop at the Chelsea one, and have noticed quite a good selection of beer there.

    4 Replies
    1. re: MMRuth

      Thank you so much for your incredibly quick reply. One more question that just occured to me... can I just buy one bottle or would I have to buy a 6-pack?

      1. re: bxgirl

        My recollection is that they do sell many beers by the bottle, but can't say for sure.

        1. re: MMRuth

          Again, thank you so much for your always excellent (and now I know prompt!!) responses. You are clearly an asset to this board.

          1. re: bxgirl

            FWIW- steer clear of some of the American interpretations of the style (such as Sierra Nevada) that may be too bitter for the recipe, and go with the more balanced English versions if you can. Samuel Smith's or Fuller's would probably be best.

    2. Just to folllow-up
      I actually did find it at Whole Foods (got the only single bottle of Porter ale, there were six-packs which could not be broken up) and then thought perhaps I would need more than just the one bottle, so I headed over to Trader Joe's and they, too had it .
      I was not able to get any English ale, but I'm sure what I got is fine.
      The short ribs are now in their "braising" phase and they sure look delicious. The recipe was less labor-intensive than I thought it would be, and part of the reason I had not made them before was befcause I thought they would be a lot of work.
      Thanks for all the help and suggestions.