Either that or you're saying: "Who knew London had so many breweries in the 1920's?" But I'm sure, if you've stuck the series out this far, relief that it will soon be over is your principal emotion.
The name Wenlock probably rings a bell because there's a famous beer pub which bears its name. Not sure if the pub is named after the street it's on, Wenlock Road, or the brewery which used to be a little to the south. On the map the Wenlock Arms is the pub at the top centre.
|The Wenlock Brewery in 1896|
You can see from the map that the Wenlock Brewery wasn't huge. Yet it features quite a bit in the Whitbread Gravity Book. More than you would expect. I can think of only one explanation: because it wasn't far from Chiswell Street (Whitbread's home). The two breweries were about a mile apart.
Once again, all the Milds this time are of the middle type. Ones that cost 6d in 1922, falling to 5d in 1923. The gravity hovers around the mid 1030's, but the high degree of attenuation gives an ABV of up to 4%. I'm left wondering whether this was the only Mild Wenlock brewed, or whether the others just weren't sampled.
|Wenlock Mild Ale quality 1922 - 1923|
|1922||X||1006||1032.3||3.39||80.80%||not quite bright||thin||-2|
|1923||X||1006||1033.7||3.64||83.09%||not quite bright||fair||1|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001|
Eight of the twelve samples were bright. Possibly nine, as for one the entry is missing. Not too bad. But look at the flavour scores - only two negative and both for being thin. There's nothing really foul. And lots of pretty good samples, scoring a 2 or better. Leaving one of the best average scores so far: 1.17.
Why was their beer almost always in good condition? Did they train their landlords better? As these were cask beers, the responsibility for the state of them when served was primarily the publican's. An idiot could have made draught Bass taste crap.
* "A Century of British Breweries Plus" by Norman Barber, 2005, page 83.
** "The Brewing Industry: A Guide to Historical Records", edited by Lesley Richmond, Alison Turton, 1990, page 359.