It's an innocuous enough price list. But look more closely.
|Aldershot Military Gazette - Saturday 14 May 1870, page 1.|
Did you see what's hiding in amongst the Porter and Stouts? Brown Ale. Unequivocally called that. There's a section of my book I'll have to rewrite.
But I'd not been searching for 1870 randomly. I've a few Simonds records from 1869-1870. Guess what's really frustrating? No sign of Brown Ale amongst them:
|Simonds beers in 1869-1870|
|Date||Year||Beer||Style||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||lbs hops/ qtr||hops lb/brl||boil time (hours)||boil time (hours)||dry hops (oz / barrel)|
|23rd Dec||1869||SB||Pale Ale||1057.6||1018.3||5.20||68.27%||0.00||2||2.5|
|29th Dec||1869||XXX Pale||Strong Ale||1065.4||1021.1||5.86||67.80%||18.00||4.94||1.5||2.5||24|
|31st Dec||1869||SB||Pale Ale||1057.3||1016.1||5.46||71.98%||12.00||2.85||1.5||3||16|
|3rd Jan||1870||XX G||Ale||1062.9||1018.3||5.90||70.93%||14.00||3.70||1.5||2.5||20|
|24th Jan||1870||XX G||Ale||1061.8||1021.1||5.39||65.92%||14.00||3.35||1.5||2.5||20|
|2nd Feb||1870||SB||Pale Ale||1057.1||1015.5||5.50||72.82%||12.00||2.85||1.5||3||16|
|9th Feb||1870||XXXX Strong||Strong Ale||1094.7||1036.0||7.77||61.99%||9.09||3.85||2|
|18th Feb||1870||XXXX||Strong Ale||1094.2||1036.0||7.70||61.76%||9.09||4.00||2.5|
|1st Nov||1870||Stout for Bottling||Stout||1082.5||1028.3||7.18||65.77%||10.00||3.85||2||16|
|30th Dec||1870||SB||Pale Ale||1057.1||1016.6||5.35||70.87%||12.00||2.76||1.75||3||16|
|Somonds brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number ACC/2305/60/079.|
Looks like I need to revisit this particular brewing log.
And Simonds weren't the only ones with a Brown Ale:
|Reading Mercury - Saturday 03 November 1883, page 7.|
"Mild Brown Ale" - I wonder what that really means? Does it just mean Dark Mild? I'm starting to get really confused.