Lees were even more extreme, brewing about the absolute minimum: Mild and Bitter. Though I’m sure on paper they had more beers on offer. A form of the Mild, I would guess, was sold as Brown Ale. I’m not so surprised at the lack of a Strong Ale, but it is odd that there’s no Stout.
Funnily enough, after the war Lees brewed a wider range of beers, making both a Strong Ale and a Stout.
Both Lees beers had been around for quite a while, appearing in the oldest brewing record the brewery has preserved, from 1884. Unsurprisingly, both survived the war, albeit at much reduced gravities.
As at Boddington, there’s a quite a big difference in strength between the Bitter and Mild. With the former being a 7d per pint beer and the latter a 5d beer. The Mild and Bitter are very similar in OG to the equivalent Boddington beers.
There is a big difference I the bitterness levels between Lees and Boddington. With Boddington’s Mild more bitter than Lees Bitter. That’s slightly surprising as usually beers intended for the same market were roughly similar.
|Lees beers in 1939|
|Date||Beer||Style||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||lbs hops/ qtr||hops lb/brl||IBU (calcu-lated)|
|2nd Mar||B||Pale Ale||1047||1010||4.89||78.72%||7.28||1.50||30|
|Lees brewing records held at the brewery|