Regional brewers tended to stick to just a single Mild, either in the 4d or 5d category. Out in the countryside especially, Milds were already about as weak as a serious beer could get – 1029º or so. Which did at least mean that the war couldn’t reduce their strength significantly.
Outside London, Milds in the 6d price category seem to have been only brewed in parts of country. The examples in the table below all come from areas that were both Mild drinking strongholds and very industrial: Hull, Birmingham and South Wales. Some of these Milds are a bit stronger than anything brewed in London: over 4,5% ABV.
The examples in the 4d category, on the other hand, come from more rural areas: East Anglia, Kent and Sussex.
|Provincial Mild Ale before WW II|
|Year||Brewer||Beer||Price per pint (d)||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||colour|
|1935||Leney & Co||X||4||1028||1006||2.85||78.57%|
|1936||Wells & Winch||Ale||4||1031.8|
|1934||Steward & Patteson||XX Mild||1030|
|1938||Phillips Newport Mow||Draught Ale||6||1044.5||1010.9||4.36||75.51%|
|1934||Hull Brewery||6d Draught||6||1041||1008||4.29||80.49%||14|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001.|
|“Cardiff Pubs and Breweries” by Brian Glover, 2005. pages 97-101|
|What's Brewing (Beer) May 2005, p.17; July 2005 p.5|
|Lees brewing record held at the brewery|
|Truman Gravity Book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number B/THB/C/252.|