I’m so glad that I split the London and provincial Milds. Because the two sets are surprisingly dissimilar. Something I hadn’t spotted previously.
First a word about where the breweries were located. Six were from Birmingham: Ansell, Atkinson, Dare, Davenport, Frederick Smith and Mitchell & Butler. Two from Exeter: City Brewery and St. Annes. Two from Norwich: Morgans and Steward and Patteson. Two from Portsmouth: Brickwood and Portsmouth United. And finally Burtonwood of Warrington.
The Birmingham Milds all have relatively high gravities. Coupled my decent attenuation, it means they’re mostly over 3.5% ABV. Which is very high for the period. If you remember, most of the London Milds were under 3% ABV. I’m not surprised that the Norwich Milds have some of the lowest gravities. Beers from rural areas tended to be weaker, for some reason.
Most interesting of all is the colour. Or rather lack of it. Because there’s only one of this set – Burtonwood – that’s properly dark. Three examples – City, Brickwood, Portsmouth United and St. Annes are pale. That is, all the ones from Exeter and Portsmouth. The Birmingham beers are all semi-dark, as are those from Norwich.
The real fun comes when you compare the colours of the London and provincial Milds. Only one London example was pale and one semi-dark. All the rest were properly dark. Here’s a comparison of the London and provincial analyses:
|London vs. provincial Mild Ale 1946 - 1949|
|region||Price per pint d||Acidity||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||colour|
Provincial beers were a halfpenny a pint dearer, slightly higher in gravity, considerably higher in ABV and much paler in colour than their London counterparts. The difference is much greater than I would have imagined. Given the higher FG and lower attenuation, my guess is that London Milds were sweeter.
|Provincial Mild Ale 1946 - 1949|
|Year||Brewer||Beer||Price per pint d||Acidity||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||colour|
|1949||City Brewery||Mild Ale||13||0.06||1032.6||1006.8||3.35||79.14%||21|
|1949||Frederick Smith||Mild Ale||13||0.06||1035||1008.6||3.42||75.43%||58|
|1949||Mitchell & Butler||XX||18||0.05||1034.6||1003.9||4.00||88.73%||35|
|1949||Portsmouth United||Mild Ale||13||0.08||1029.3||1003.1||3.41||89.42%||19|
|1949||St. Annes Brewery||Mild Ale||13||0.06||1034.9||1003||4.16||91.40%||20|
|1949||Steward & Patteson||Mild Ale||11||0.10||1027.7||1004.5||3.01||83.75%||50|
|Lees brewing records held at the brewery.|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002.|
Next we’ll be moving on to the 1950’s.