'porter' can also refer to...

Alexander Porter Goudy (1809—1858) minister of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and religious controversialist

Andrew Porter

Andrew Porter (1743—1813)

Andrew Porter (b. 1928)

(Ann) Agnes Porter (c. 1752—1814) governess and diarist

Anna Maria Porter (1780—1832) novelist

Annie Porter (1880—1963) zoologist

Archer John Porter Martin (1910—2002) biochemist

Art Porter

Arthur Kingsley Porter (1883—1933)

Bernard Porter

Billy Porter

Brian Porter-Szucs

Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters

Coal Porters

Cole Porter (1891—1964) American songwriter

David Dixon Porter (1813—1891)

David Porter (1780—1843)

David Porter (1747—1819) chimney sweep, social reformer, and property developer

David Porter (b. 1941)

Dilwyn Porter

Dorothea Noelle Naomi Porter (1927—2000) fashion designer

Dorothy Featherstone Porter (1954—2008)

Dorothy Porter (1905—1995)

Edward Porter Alexander (1835—1910)

Eleanor Hodgman Porter (1868—1920)

Eliot Porter (1901—1990)

Endymion Porter (1587—1649) courtier

Enid Porter (1909—1984)

Eric Porter (1928—1995) actor


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Porter is a dark-brown bitter beer, somewhat similar to stout or Guinness, but slightly sweeter; its colour derives from its being brewed from charred malt. It was made originally (in the eighteenth century) as low-priced beer for working people, including porters (the sort of porter who carries things, not the door attendant); hence, apparently, its name. The word had more or less gone out of use in Britain by the end of the nineteenth century, but it survived far longer in Ireland: ‘I've a big suggestion it was about the pint of porter’ (James Joyce, Finnegan's Wake, 1939); and recently, with the revival of interest in traditional beers and ales, it has been resurrected in Britain.

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