A quick glance at the table below reveals one change: a big reduction in the number of different beers brewed, down from eight to four. All that’s left is a single beer in each style: a Mild, a Bitter, a Stout and a Burton Ale.
That there’s been a reduction in the gravity of the surviving beers won’t come as a surprise. However, the size of the drop varied considerably. X Ale fared best, with just a 9.5% reduction. While PA saw a gravity fall of over 40%.
It’s significant – and pretty sad – that Fullers only had one beer with a gravity above 1030º in 1946. BO is the only one that was likely to get you very tipsy.
Looking at the situation in 1946. Misses some of what happened ay Fullers during the war. In 1940 a new mid-strength Pale Ale called No. 2 was introduced. With an OG of 1042º it fell about halfway between XK and PA.
Later in the war a new, low-gravity Pale Ale called DA was introduced. This was dropped early in 1946 when the gravity of PA fell below 1030º
Not everything was doom and gloom in post-war Britain. In 1949 Fullers introduced a new, stronger Pale Ale called SPA. Which, presumably, stands for Special Pale Ale. It had the decent gravity of 1043º and was later redubbed London Pride.
|Fullers beers in 1946|
|Date||Beer||Style||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||lbs hops/ qtr||hops lb/brl|
|2nd Oct||PA||Pale Ale||1029.5||1008.3||2.81||71.86%||6.94||0.83|
|25th Nov||BO||Strong Ale||1038.8||1010.8||3.70||72.14%||4.77||0.77|
|Fullers brewing records held at the brewery|
|Fullers beers 1939 - 1946|
|Beer||Style||1939 OG||1946 OG||% fall|
|Fullers brewing records held at the brewery.|