By far the most popular price class was the 7d per pint one, the equivalent of a 6d per point draught beer. Note that there’s only a single beer in the most expensive 9d class. Which is significant because the equivalent draught beer class was one of the more popular ones, at least in London.
One of the lasting effects of WW I was to make bottled Pale Ales generally weaker than draught versions. The big exception being the classic Burton beers, such as Bass Pale Ale which remained stronger than draught versions.
The rate of attenuation is generally pretty high, with only one example under 75% and around half are above 80%. Not so surprising, given that they would have been conditioned in the brewery for a while before bottling.
The war would swing production away from bottled to draught beer. For a couple of reasons. First was a shortage of glass and bottles. The second was simple economy: draught beer required less energy and labour to produce.
|London bottled Pale Ale 1936 - 1938|
|Year||Brewer||Beer||Price per pint (d)||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||colour|
|1938||Charrington||Golden Dinner Ale||6||1033.8||1006.3||3.57||81.36%||22|
|1938||Barclay Perkins||Pale Ale||7||1038.3||1008.7||3.84||77.28%|
|1938||Ind Coope||Sparkling Ale||7||1040.4||1008||4.21||80.20%||20|
|1938||Taylor Walker||Pale Ale||7||1034.6||1010.6||3.11||69.36%||19|
|1936||Friary Holroyd||Friary Ale||7||1038||1008.1||3.88||78.68%|
|1936||Lion Brewery||Dinner Ale||7||1039.9||1006.7||4.32||83.21%|
|1936||Watney||Watney's Pale Ale||7||1041||1009||4.16||78.05%|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001.|