I thought I’d found a ridiculously small number of them. It was only when searching my spreadsheet for King’s Ale that I remembered lots didn’t have the word “coronation” in their name, but some other royal-sounding term. So I made a few more searches. Ones dated 1953 were a bit of a giveaway.
I’ve split the table in two because the beers fall into two very obvious categories: Strong Ales and Stout. That the latter existed tells us something about how British beer culture has changed since the 1950’s. I can’t recall any of the more recent royal commemorative brews being Stouts. The style just wasn’t popular enough after the 1950’s.
Beasley’s Coronation Ale is an outlier. Way weaker than any of the other non-Stouts. Though it too was dark brown like the Strong Ale examples. Well, most of them. Rose’s King’s Ale is a dark amber rather than brown.
Remember how Starkey, Knight and Ford offered an off-the-peg Coronation Beer for other brewers? Offering to ship it in bulk, or even bottle it with the customer’s label. I can’t help wondering if any of the beers in the table were brewed by them. Not the Websters one. We’ve already learned about how that was brewed and why it was called Old Brown. The Raggetts and Masseys versions look remarkably similar to each other. Despite one brewery being in Kent and the other in Lancashire.
Then again, most of the beers look pretty similar: dark brown, 6.5-7% ABV. Though there is a quite a degree of variation in the rate of attenuation.
What else can I say? Bugger all, except that, despite the price, drinkers must have been glad to get a beer with a bit of poke again. I would have been.
|Coronation Beers 1953|
|Year||Brewer||Beer||Price per pint d||OG||FG||colour||ABV||App. Atten-uation|
|1953||Beasley||Coronation Ale||28||1043.1||1008.6||21 + 40||4.49||80.05%|
|1953||Raggetts||Kings Ale||48||1065.1||1010.4||43 + 40||7.17||84.02%|
|1953||Masseys||Kings Ale||37.5||1065.5||1010.8||23 + 40||7.16||83.51%|
|1953||Catterall & Swarbrick||Royal Ale||48||1070.4||1021.4||1 + 40||6.37||69.60%|
|1953||Tollemache||Tolly Royal||48||1073.3||1023.6||17 + 40||6.45||67.80%|
|1953||Taylor Walker||Coronation Ale||48||1075.1||1029.5||4 + 40||5.89||60.72%|
|1953||McMullen||Coronation Ale||63||1089.1||1034.7||21 + 40||7.04||61.05%|
|1953||Camerons||Sovereign Stout||26||1044.3||1009.6||1R + 17B||4.51||78.33%|
|1953||John Joule||Royal Stout||28||1046.3||1018.2||1 + 16||3.63||60.69%|
|1953||Camerons||Sovereign Stout||28||1047.3||1018.6||1 + 15||3.70||60.68%|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002.|