Sadly, I’ve far fewer analyses for the second half of the 1950’s. And quite a few only have the FG, which is pretty effing useless.
Getting on to this set, you can see that the price for Ordinary Mild has crept up from around 13d to 14.5d. While the average price for Best Mild has gone up by about 2.5d. It still looks dirt cheap compared to modern prices. On a happier note, average OG and ABV for Ordinary Mild have increased slightly. Only two examples are under 3% ABV. Which is good news for pissheads.
All the veers, both Ordinary and Best Mild, are pretty dark, with the lowest colour value 70. None are even vaguely close to being pale.
Whitbread’s Best Mild, XXX, didn’t last long, only being brewed in 1954 and 1955. That’s despite being pushed by Whitbread in print adverts. Obviously, it was parti-gyled with their deceptively named Ordinary Mild, Best Ale.
Not much more else to say. Other than that these look very much like the Mild Ales of my youth: around 3% ABV and dark brown. It wasn’t until the last ten years that I came to realise that this type of Mild was only about as old as me.
It’s a sobering thought. And an indication of a common way of thinking. We assume that things which were common when we were young had been around forever.
|London Ordinary Mild Ale 1955 - 1959|
|Year||Brewer||Beer||Price per pint d||Acidity||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||colour|
|1957||Ind Coope||Mild Ale||15||0.08||1032||1006.6||3.30||79.37%||70|
|1958||Young & Co||Mild Ale||14||0.04||1031.6||1005.8||3.35||81.65%||75|
|1955||Taylor Walker||Main Line||27||0.05||1044||1014.5||3.82||67.05%||115|
|1957||Ind Coope||Mild Ale||15||0.06||1034.9||1008.4||3.44||75.93%||95|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002.|
Provincial Milds of the late fifties next. And then we’re done.