This information is a good case in point. A few years back I had a lightning visit to the West Yorkshire Archives in Leeds. In a frantic two hour session between the archive opening between and when the family picked me up in a taxi to go to the airport, I snapped as much as I could. to peruse later at my leisure.
The earliest records were from 1848. Yeah! But, rather than the pre-printed form with stuff filled in, they're totally handwritten. Which makes life much more difficult for me. Being a lazy bastard, i went straight to the 1858 records. Which are on pre-printed forms.
The 1848 records I'd just left untouched. Until this week. When I wanted to know when Tetley started brewing Pale Ale. And had a trawl through them, looking for Pale Ale. Which I found. Then I realised: these things aren't as hard to read as I thought. Harvest time.
An interesting set. Especially the Pale Ale. Few breweries were making it in 1848. Mostly just in Pale Ale specialist towns like Burton and Edinburgh.
I was surpised at how much Porter Tetley brewed. The occasional Stout, but quite a lot of Porter. and loads of Mild, of all strengths. Five different ones. The amount of Porter brewed surprised me. A decent percentage of Tetley's output.
A dream: all five 1848 Tetley Milds on draught in the Cardigan Arms.
|Tetley's beers in 1848 - 1849|
|Date||Year||Beer||Style||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||lbs hops/ qtr||hops lb/brl||hops|
|27th Mar||1849||E.I. Pale||IPA||1065.6||1016.1||6.56||75.53%||19.78||5.57||English|
|24th Apr||1848||PA||Pale Ale||1067.9||1018.8||6.49||72.24%||21.44||6.04||English|
|5th Apr||1848||X1 S||Mild||1069.3||1026.3||5.68||62.00%||6.95||2.95||English|
|Tetley brewing record held at the West Yorkshire Archives, document number WYL756/1/ACC1903.|