It's quite a small set. Not sure why. Odd that I should have more examples from the 1860's. There's no logical reason, just an irrational result of my anarchic research. Anyway, let's try and make the best of what data we have, shall we?
The vast majority of the examples fall into one of three styles: IPA, Pale Ale and Stout. Though the line between Pale Ale and IPA could be quite arbitrary. Which Bass being described as both Pale Ale and East India Pale Ale amply demonstrates. There was really a stronger differentiation between Light Bitter and Pale Ale than IPA and Pale Ale. Assuming the latter two were both Stock beers.
What strikes me is how many of the bottled beers come from a few large, well-known breweries and are, in effect, brands which are promoted. Bass with its IPA, Guinness with Extra Stout, William Younger with IPA and Scotch Ale, Barclay Perkins with Stout and Carlsberg with Lager. With the exception of Barclay Perkins, all were still going strong a century later. This is really the beginnings of branded beer.
Not e that the two most popular styles - Porter and Mild Ale - are completely absent. Though there are two examples of Cooper, which was supposedly a mixture of Porter and Stout. I suspect it might have actually been bottled Porter, just sold under a more marketable name.
This is quite an early date for Lager in Britain, which only arrived, in the form of imports, in the late 1860's. Initially, the Vienna and Munich styles were dominant. Carlsberg clearly got their foot in the door early doors. I doubt the beer here was the Pilsner that Carlsberg is now famous for. More likely it was the Munich type, which I know was where they began, Lager-wise.
You'll be pleased to hear that I have details of some of the beers. The William Younger ones. I can match them 100%, but I know they're in there. The IPA and Stout aren't such a problem, as there is only really one candidate for each in the brewing records. The Strong Ale is trickier, as Younger brewed loads of them. I've included 100/- to 160/- in the table. It must have been one of those. Or No. 1, so I've put that in, too. Here they are, in all their glory:
|William Younger beers|
|Date||Year||Beer||Style||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||lbs hops/ qtr||hops lb/brl|
|25th Nov||1868||No. 1||Strong Ale||1099||1041||7.67||58.59%||6.46||3.37|
|William Younger brewing record held at the Scottish Brewing Archive document number WY/6/1/2/21.|
That's me done. Just the main table and I'm gone.
|Bottled beers in the 1870's|
|Brewery||Place||year||beer||style||price per dozen||size||source|
|Byles & Co||Henley||1876||Cooper||Cooper||2s 6d||pint||Harrod & Co.'s Directory of Beds, Bucks ..., 1876|
|Biden & Co.||Gosport, Hants||1876||Cooper||Cooper||2s 6d||Imperial pint|
|Wm. Younger||Edinburgh||1870||India Pale Ale||IPA||4s 6d||pint||"Street's Indian and Colonial Mercantile Directory for 1870", page xiv|
|Bass||Burton||1871||East India Pale Ale||IPA||4s 9d||Imperial pint||Edmund Oxborrow price list|
|Bass||Henley||1876||Pale Ale||IPA||4s 6d||pint||Harrod & Co.'s Directory of Beds, Bucks ..., 1876|
|Bass||Burton||1876||East India Pale Ale||IPA||6s||quart||Lincolnshire Chronicle - Friday 22 December 1876, page 1|
|Bass||Burton||1876||East India Pale Ale||IPA||4s 6d||Imperial pint||Lincolnshire Chronicle - Friday 22 December 1876, page 1|
|Bass||Burton||1876||East India Pale Ale||IPA||3s 6d||reputed pint||Lincolnshire Chronicle - Friday 22 December 1876, page 1|
|Bass||Burton||1876||East India Pale Ale||IPA||2s 3d||imperial half pint||Lincolnshire Chronicle - Friday 22 December 1876, page 1|
|Bass||Burton||1879||Pale Ale||IPA||4s 6d||Imperial pint||The British Library|
|Carlsberg||Copenhagen||1872||Danish Beer||Lager||2s 6d||pint||Aberdeen Journal - Wednesday 10 July 1872, page 4.|
|Carlsberg||Copenhagen||1872||Danish Beer||Lager||5s||quart||Aberdeen Journal - Wednesday 10 July 1872, page 4.|
|Ind Coope||Romford||1871||AK||Pale Ale||3s||Imperial pint||Edmund Oxborrow price list|
|Byles & Co||Henley||1876||Pale Ale||Pale Ale||3s||pint||Harrod & Co.'s Directory of Beds, Bucks ..., 1876|
|Byles & Co||Henley||1876||Old Strong Pale Ale||Pale Ale||5s 6d||pint||Harrod & Co.'s Directory of Beds, Bucks ..., 1876|
|Biden & Co.||Gosport, Hants||1876||Pale Ale||Pale Ale||4s||Imperial pint|
|Biden & Co.||Gosport, Hants||1876||Family Pale Ale||Pale Ale||3s||Imperial pint|
|Wm. Younger||Edinburgh||1871||Strong Scotch Ale||Scotch Ale||4s||pint||Edmund Oxborrow price list|
|Wm. Younger||Edinburgh||1870||Extra Stout||Stout||4s 4d||pint||"Street's Indian and Colonial Mercantile Directory for 1870", page xiv|
|Barclay Perkins||London||1871||Brown Stout||Stout||3s||Imperial pint||Edmund Oxborrow price list|
|Barclay Perkins||London||1871||Double Brown Stout||Stout||4s 9d||Imperial pint||Edmund Oxborrow price list|
|Guinness||Dublin||1871||Double Brown Stout||Stout||4s 9d||Imperial pint||Edmund Oxborrow price list|
|Byles & Co||Henley||1876||Stout||Stout||3s 6d||pint||Harrod & Co.'s Directory of Beds, Bucks ..., 1876|
|Biden & Co.||Gosport, Hants||1876||Extra Stout||Stout||4s||Imperial pint|
|Guinness||Dublin||1876||Dublin Stout||Stout||6s||quart||Lincolnshire Chronicle - Friday 22 December 1876, page 1|
|Guinness||Dublin||1876||Dublin Stout||Stout||4s||Imperial pint||Lincolnshire Chronicle - Friday 22 December 1876, page 1|
|Guinness||Dublin||1876||Dublin Stout||Stout||3s 6d||reputed pint||Lincolnshire Chronicle - Friday 22 December 1876, page 1|
|Guinness||Dublin||1879||Extra Stout||Stout||4s 6d||Imperial pint||The British Library|
|Wm. Younger||Edinburgh||1870||Double Strong||Strong Ale||5s||pint||"Street's Indian and Colonial Mercantile Directory for 1870", page xiv|
|Bass||Burton||1871||Very Strong Ale||Strong Ale||4s 9d||Imperial pint||Edmund Oxborrow price list|