Some are in recognisable styles: Golden Ale, Honey Beer, Black Beer. Others – Dark Ale, Dark Beer, Dark Heavy Ale – are extremely vague. Are they bottled Mild? A type of Brown Ale? One certainly was, Trubrown. I know that was Truman’s Brown Ale brand.
And I should have had Tuborg Export in the last set. I just missed it when I pulled out the Lager set. I’m pretty sure Tuborg Gold was/is in the Export style. Tuborg Guld (as it’s called in its homeland) is still brewed by Carlsberg. It’s the only one of these brands to survive. And, typically, it’s the one non-UK brand.
It’s sad to see how few British beer brands have survived. Even ones from successful breweries like William Younger. Even the mighty Bass struggles everywhere except North America.
Brown Bracer is my favourite. Conjures up all sorts of images, not all of them salubrious. While Kentish Beer could easily be used for comic purposes by someone with a coarser sense of humour than I.
Golden Mead Ale, to give it its full name, intrigues me. “The original and genuine honey ale” it says on the label. Which implies it did indeed contain honey. Though how much is the question. Having seen hundreds of barrels of Oatmeal Stout brewed from a grist contained just a few pounds of oats, I know how they took the piss. Honey was often appears in domestic beer recipes from the 18th and 19th centuries, but for most of that period wasn’t legal in commercial beer.
Hope & Anchor, you may recall, was where Eddie Taylor began on his merger spree. A spree which eventually led to the creation of Bass Charrington, Britain’s largest brewing group. Even before Taylor arrived, Hope & Anchor had been ambitious, trying to get their bottled beer – in particular Jubilee Stout – into other brewers’ pubs. No surprise someone like them would come up with a gimmicky Honey Ale.
|Branded Odds and Sods in 1953|
|J. E. Mather & Sons||Jem||Black Beer|
|South Wales and Monmouthshire United Clubs Brewery Co.||Brown Bracer||Dark|
|Cairne's||Vat 25||Dark Ale|
|Truman||Trubrown||Dark Ale, bottled|
|Wm. Murray||Wee Samson||Dark Heavy Ale|
|Andrew Buchan's Breweries||Chestnut||Dark, bottled|
|John Richdale||Brit||Dark, strong, draught|
|T. & J. Bernard||Grouse Brand||Export|
|Tuborg||Tuborg Gold Label||Export Beer|
|Wm. Hancock||Five Five||Export Pale Ale|
|Fremlins||Kentish Beer||Export Quality|
|Wm. Younger||Monk||Export, bottled|
|South London Brewery||Jenners||Golden Ale|
|Robert Younger||Old Edinburgh||Heavy Ale|
|Hope & Anchor||Golden Mead||Honey Beer|
|Brewery Manual 1953-1954, pages 382 - 394.|
I’m finally done with this crap.