But don't despair. I've overcome my natural lethargy and started going through some of the other Scottish brewing records that litter my virtual space at home. I've already finished Robert Younger and I've made a start on Drybrough. I've been putting the latter off for a while. For no other reason than pure laziness. And the fact that some are a bit confusing. I've started on the easy ones.
I was about to say that I'd run out of stuff to say about their Pale Ales. Then I noticed the attenuation. That's gone up a bit. The average for the Pale Ales from the 1940's was just under 70%. Here it's 72%. Though perhaps this sample is too small for a meaningful comparison.
It certainly looks as if Usher was brewing three Pale Ales at 1032, 1038 and 1042. Which would fit nicely with them being a 60/-, 70/- and 80/-. The one that looks like 80/- is even called Export. The two from 1955 and 1959 that look like 60/- are pretty dark for Pale Ales. Even strong ones are usually under 30.
A Strong Ale closes up the table again. One of a pretty decent strength for the 1950's. I'd have been drinking pints of that rather than some watery Pale Ale. But I am a pisshead.
No Stouts this time around. I'm sure Usher still produced one. I've seen a label for Sweet Stout from the 1960's. Maybe they made it the way Robert Younger made theirs. A very interesting method. Which we'll we be getting to soon.
|Thomas Usher's beers in the 1950's and 1960's|
|1961||Amber Ale||Amber Ale||bottled||1011.2||1037.8||16||3.32||70.37%|
|1959||India Pale Ale||IPA||bottled||1008.4||1032.3||18||2.99||73.99%|
|1955||Green Cap Pale Ale||Pale Ale||bottled||1007||1032||21||3.24||78.13%|
|1950||PA 70/-||Pale Ale||bottled||1011||1039.5||3.69||72.15%|
|1955||Pale Ale||Pale Ale||bottled||1008.8||1030.8||33||2.85||71.43%|
|1959||Pale Ale||Pale Ale||bottled||1010.5||1030.5||32||2.50||65.57%|
|1961||Red Star Export||Pale Ale||bottled||1011.2||1042||20||3.85||73.33%|
|1953||Strong Ale||Strong Ale||bottled||1020.1||1068.5||5 + 40||6.29||70.66%|
|Thomas Usher Gravity Book document TU/6/11 held at the Scottish Brewing Archive|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002|