It’s a bit of a small set. Shouldn’t take too long.
I’m not totally sure Flowers belong here. It’s before their merger with J.W. Green, so I know the beer didn’t come from Luton. It’s probably from Stratford-upon-Avon, which I suppose really counts as the West Midlands.
Which immediately highlights something surprising: how strong the remaining Southwestern Milds are, averaging almost 4% ABV. I’d have expected the opposite. Especially remembering St. Austell and Devenish beers from the 1970’s which were pretty weak. Though you paid a price. Literally. Rather than 13d or 14d a pint, these were 17d or 18d. Other than the Starkey, Knight & Ford beer which looks excellent value.
You’ll note that the real Southwestern beers are quite pale and fairly highly, but not ridiculously so, attenuated. Odd thing is, I remember Plymouth Heavy, which is what Plymouth Breweries Mild was called when I drank it. I recall it being very dark. And very nice. It was a real shame when Courage closed the brewery and it disappeared.
It’s hard to draw many conclusions based on just two beer. So I don’t really know what to say about the Welsh Milds. Other than that I would have expected them to be darker.
|Southwestern and Welsh Mild Ale 1950 - 1951|
|Year||Brewer||Beer||Price per pint d||Acidity||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||colour|
|1950||Plymouth Breweries||Mild Ale||17||0.10||1038.1||1006.9||4.06||81.89%||43|
|1950||Starkey, Knight & Ford||Mild Ale||14||0.08||1037.8||1008.5||3.80||77.51%||50|
|1951||Plymouth Breweries||Mild Ale||18||0.07||1040.3||1009.5||4.00||76.43%||42|
|1950||Clubs Brewery Ltd||Mild Ale||13||0.05||1030||1007.5||2.92||75.00%||55|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002.|
Late 1950’s Milds next.