It's from a local paper and features advertisements from three breweries from the immediate vicinity. What fascinates me are the similarities and differences between the three brewery's ranges.
The only beer common to all three is my old favourite, AK. Tomson & Wotton even brewed two AKs, presumably at different strengths because the prices are different. Slightly weird to see an AK described as East India Pale Ale. Light Bitter, which how the other two breweries describe it, is more usual.
Shepherd Neame and Tomson & Wotton also both have a beer called KK as their strongest Pale Ale. While Rigden's is called XXK. Though that is another way of writing KK. The london breweries originally called their Stock Ales XXK, XXXK and XXXK, before switching over to KK, KKK and KKKK. At 60s, Shep's KK was a very expensive beer. That's about the same as you'd pay for a barrel of Bass Pale Ale, a beer that commanded a high price.
I'm sure Tomson & Wotton brewed a Mild, even though it isn't mentioned in their advert. Odd that the other two breweries both call theirs Mild Beer rather than the more standard Mild Ale. Note that both only have a single beer described as Mild.
I was surprised to see that the two Faversham breweries produced both Table Ale and Table Beer. Table anything was pretty rare in England by this point. It had long been dropped by the big London brewers. The examples here must have been pretty low gravity as they're under 30s per barrel. At that price, they's have to be under 1040º.
Porter was already starting to die out in the provinces by this time. Though it seems to have clung on longer in the Southeast, possibly because of the proximity to London. Porter remained popular in the capital longer than elsewhere.
There's only one Strong Ale, Rigden's XXX. Which I'm guessing is a Stock Ale rather than a Stock Pale Ale.
|Kent Beers in 1902|
|Brewery||Place||year||beer||price per barrel (s)||price per gallon (d)|
|Shepherd Neame||Faversham||1902||Stock KK India Pale Ale||60||20|
|Shepherd Neame||Faversham||1902||East India Pale Ale, No. 1||48||16|
|Shepherd Neame||Faversham||1902||East India Pale Ale, No. 2||36||12|
|Shepherd Neame||Faversham||1902||East India Pale Ale, AK||34||11.33|
|Shepherd Neame||Faversham||1902||Mild Beer||36||12|
|Shepherd Neame||Faversham||1902||Table Ale||28||9.33|
|Shepherd Neame||Faversham||1902||Table Beer||24||8|
|W.E. & J. Rigden||Faversham||1902||XXK Bitter Ale||50||16.67|
|W.E. & J. Rigden||Faversham||1902||SA Special Ale||42||14|
|W.E. & J. Rigden||Faversham||1902||AK Light Bitter Ale||36||12|
|W.E. & J. Rigden||Faversham||1902||XXX Stock Ale||58||19.33|
|W.E. & J. Rigden||Faversham||1902||X Mild Beer||36||12|
|W.E. & J. Rigden||Faversham||1902||TA Table Ale||28||9.33|
|W.E. & J. Rigden||Faversham||1902||TB Table Beer||22||7.33|
|W.E. & J. Rigden||Faversham||1902||DBS Double Brown Stout||53||17.67|
|W.E. & J. Rigden||Faversham||1902||Nourishing Stout||48||16|
|W.E. & J. Rigden||Faversham||1902||P Porter||36||12|
|Tomson & Wotton||Ramsgate||1902||AK Light Bitter Ale||30||10|
|Tomson & Wotton||Ramsgate||1902||AK Light Bitter Ale||36||12|
|Tomson & Wotton||Ramsgate||1902||AKK Pale Ale||42||14|
|Tomson & Wotton||Ramsgate||1902||KK Pale Ale||48||16|
|Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald - Saturday 06 December 1902, page 1.|