At the core of the range were three Pale Ale, two Milds and two Strong Ales. Then there was P. That obviously stood for Porter, at least originally. But by the late 1930s it was no longer sold as that. Fullers had discontinued draught Porter, but P lived on, marketed as a bottled beer called Nourishing Stout.
PA and AK were both well-established products dating back to at least the 1880s. XK had also been around in the late 1880s but was dropped around 1900. It reappeared again just after the end of WW I, in 1919. PA had come through WW I pretty well intact, and between the wars was only 3º weaker than it had been in 1914. The next was wouldn’t be so kind to it.
XK and PA filled the Ordinary and Best Bitter slots, and retailed at 6d and 8d per pint, respectively. Many London brewers had similar beers. For example, Barclay Perkins with their XLK and PA.
Before WW I, Fullers brewed a single Mild, X Ale, at around 1050º. The war left X Ale’s gravity greatly reduced, at a little over 1030º. In the summer of 1919 they introduced a new, stronger Mild called XX. While not as much as X Ale, XX was brewed in quite large quantities.
Fullers two Burton Ales, BO (Burton Old) and OBE (Old Burton Extra) were both parti-gyled with the Milds. BO was a pretty typical draught Burton Ale, with an OG in the mid-1050ºs. OBE was more unusual. Also a draught beer, it had an exceptionally high gravity. The only similar beer I’ve come across is Barclay Perkins KKKK, which was a winter special.
The war years would see a massive reshaping of Fuller’s range.
|Fullers beers in 1939|
|Date||Beer||Style||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||lbs hops/ qtr||hops lb/brl|
|24th Oct||AK||Pale Ale||1033.4||1006.6||3.53||80.07%||9.19208||1.25|
|17th Oct||XK||Pale Ale||1039.4||1010.0||3.89||74.67%||9.20783||1.45|
|24th Oct||PA||Pale Ale||1051.1||1013.0||5.04||74.53%||9.19208||1.91|
|18th Oct||BO||Strong Ale||1055.5||1015.2||5.32||72.54%||7.0126||1.63|
|8th Nov||OBE||Strong Ale||1069.6||1013.3||7.45||80.90%||7.28653||2.00|
|Fullers brewing records held at the brewery|