Though I can’t recall what the point of the series was, other than conjuring up multiple posts from table. Then again, doesn’t that pretty much sum up my blog?
This is quite a long set. I can think of a couple of good reasons why. Strong beers were more likely to be named because they were higher profile beers. And they were very often bottled. At a time when pump clips weren’t universal and keg still rare, the branding opportunities at point of sale were much smaller for draught beers. Amongst draught beers I think it’s no coincidence that many of the first ones to be heavily branded were in keg form. You had those brightly-lit bartop boxes to splash a name across.
Unsurprisingly, the adjective “Old” features heavily in names. Though, ironically enough, not in any described as Old Ale. How odd.
How many of these beers survive? I think only Robinson’s Old Tom. Though a revival of Colne Spring Ale is on the cards. And Tally Ho! Is still around, but brewed by someone else, Adnams. Mind you, Adnams have been using the name since the 1880’s.
I love some of the names. Oh be Joyful in particular. Also the echo of Arctic Ale. And Lees enigmatic “C”. Though to be fair that wasn’t a their own brand, C Ales be9ing brewed by several breweries around Manchester. Before you ask, I’ve no idea of where the name came from. Unlike October Brew which is doubtless a reference to the old practice of brewing strong keeping beers in either March or October. Though for conjouring up the cosy image of a strong beer on a cold, dark winter’s evening, it’s hard to beat Fireside.
|Branded Old Ale and Strong Ale in 1953|
|Benskin's||Colne Spring Ale||Old|
|Brickwood||Little Bricky||Old Ale, bottled|
|Samuel Webster||Coronation||Old Brown, very strong|
|Flowers Breweries||Dragon's Blood||Old English Ale|
|East Anglian Breweries||Old Nell||Strong|
|Samuel Webster||Old Tom||Strong|
|Wm. Younger||King of Ales||Strong|
|Barclay, Perkins||Winter Brew||Strong Ale|
|Brampton Brewery||Golden Bud||Strong Ale|
|Dutton's||Oh Be Joyful||Strong Ale|
|Campbell Praed||Pride||Strong Ale|
|Courage||Double Courage||Strong Ale|
|Frederick Robinson||Old Tom||Strong Ale|
|Fredk. Robinson||Young Tom||Strong Ale|
|Gardner||Kentish Fire||Strong Ale|
|Guernsey Brewery||Double Pony||Strong Ale|
|H. & G. Simonds||Old Berkshire||Strong Ale|
|Ind Coope & Allsopp||Arctic||Strong Ale|
|J. & J. Morison||J & J||Strong Ale|
|J. C. & H. R. Palmer||Tally-Ho!||Strong Ale|
|J. W. Lees||C||Strong Ale|
|John Rowell||John Barleycorn||Strong Ale|
|Massey's||King's Ale||Strong Ale|
|Morrell's Brewery||College Ale||Strong Ale|
|Richard Whitaker||Bantam||Strong Ale|
|Timothy Taylor||Blue Label||Strong Ale|
|Ushers Wiltshire Brewery||Triple Crown||Strong Ale|
|Wenlock Brewery||Fireside||Strong Ale|
|Norman & Pring||Imperial||Strong Ale, bottle and draught|
|Cornbrook Brewery||Cornbrook Old Tom||Strong Ale, bottled|
|Daniel Thwaites||Big Ben||Strong Ale, bottled|
|Greene King||Stingo||Strong Ale, bottled|
|Truswell's Brewery||October Brew||Strong Ale, bottled|
|Daniel Thwaites||Old Ben||Strong Ale, draught|
|Truswelt's Brewery||Imperial||Strong Ale, draught|
|Hope & Anchor||Old English||Strong Beer|
|Lamb Brewery||Stingo||Strong beer|
|Higson's Brewery||Stingo||Strong beer, bottled|
|Lamb Brewery||Rouser||Strong Bitter|
|Ridley||Stock||Strong Brown Ale|
|Ridley||Xmas||Strong Brown Ale|
|Brewery Manual 1953-1954, pages 382 - 394.|
Stouts next. Maybe.