The Truman’s entry is a bit of a guess. I’m pretty sure that they brewed their Burton Ale in Burton, not at Brick Lane. And there’s only one Burton-brewed beer that seems to fit the bill XXX. It has the same OG as the entry from the Truman Gravity Book in the table above and, though it was often parti-gyled with Mild, it’s stronger than any 1930s Mild I’ve come across.
Before WW I, it was pretty standard for London brewers to produce multiple Burton Ales, often called KK and KKK. With KK being the standard draught Burton and KKK a stronger version. This tradition of stronger Burton Ales lived on between the wars, with three of the breweries represented in the table making one.
Both Barclay’s KKKK and Fuller OBE (Old Burton Extra) were exclusively draught beers, which is surprising given their strength. Few beers over 6% ABV were sold on draught at the time. OBE was famous for catching out unwary drinkers, who mistook it for a standard-strength Burton. Both were produced in modest quantities and KKKK was only available in the winter.
I’m not sure how Courage KKK was packaged but, given that it was brewed in batches of a couple of hundred barrels, it wouldn’t surprise me if some was sold on draught. The only one of the above beers that I know for certain was bottled was Barclay’s KK (bottling). This was an exclusively bottled beer, as the name suggests, which was marketed as Southwarke Olde Ale.
The hopping rate was pretty high, except for the Truman beer. Though that’s as much because of where they were brewed as because of the style. All London beers tended to be quite heavily hopped, even Mild Ales.
Unfortunately, Whitbread, Truman and Fullers didn’t record dry hopping in their brewing records. But I would be very surprised if they didn’t dry hop their Burton Ales. It goes along with the style. The 11 ozs. in Courage KKK is extremely heavy. Implying that it was perhaps aged before sale.
|Burton Ale before WW II (part two)|
|Year||Brewer||Beer||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||lbs hops/ qtr||hops lb/brl||dry hops (oz / barrel)|
|1936||Barclay Perkins||KK (Trade)||1055.7||1017||5.12||69.50%||7.90||1.84||3.00|
|1936||Barclay Perkins||KK (bottling)||1068.6||1022||6.17||67.95%||10.54||2.92||8.00|
|Whitbread brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/01/107.|
|Barclay Perkins brewing records held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document numbers ACC/2305/01/620 and ACC/2305/01/621.|
|Truman brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number B/THB/C/339.|
|Courage brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number ACC/2305/08/263.|
|Fullers brewing records held at the brewery.|