Thursday, 9 January 2020

Beers on sale in a post-war pub

I just came across this rather useful price list from just after the war.

Useful, in that is shows the range of beers on sale. At least the ones brewed by Flowers themselves. There's at least one beer from another brewer excluded: Guinness Extra Stout.

The selection isn't enormous. Just two draught and four bottled beers. The draughts are what you would expect: Bitter and Mild. Not many surprises in the bottles, either: a strong Pale Ale, Light Ale, Brown Ale and Stout. It's about the minimum you would expect from an English brewery.


"RETAIL PRICES
Flower’s Ales and Stout directed to he sold by Flower and Sons, Ltd., at all their houses throughout the Midland Counties

DRAUGHT BEERS
Description LOUNGE, SMOKE ROOM AND AND BEST BAR PUBLIC BAR AND OUTDOOR
India Pale Ale 1/4d. per pint 1/3d. per pint
XXX Mild Ale  1/3d. per pint 1/2d. per pint


BOTTLED BEERS
Description LOUNGE, SMOKE ROOM AND AND BEST BAR PUBLIC BAR AND OUTDOOR

Large Small Large Small
India Pale Ale "Gold Top" - 1/1.5d. - 1/1d.
Light Bitter Beer "Red Top" 1/4d. 8.5d. 1/3d. 8d.
Brown Ale "Brown Top"  1/4d. 8.5d. 1/3d. 8d.
Flower‘s Stout "Yellow Top"  1/5d. 9d. 1/4d. 8.5d.

FLOWER'S ALE
The Famous Ale from Stratford - upon - Avon."
Leamington Spa Courier - Friday 15 October 1948, page 6.
 One of the reasons I was so keen on finding this particular price list is that I've a Flowers brewing record from just a few years later. The beer range is considerably more extensive.


Flowers beers in 1955
Beer Style OG FG ABV App. Atten-uation lbs hops/ qtr hops lb/brl
PX Pale Ale 1030.3 1011.5 2.49 62.05% 6.00 0.79
LA Pale Ale 1030 1007 3.04 76.67% 6.00 0.78
Green Label Pale Ale 1047 1015 4.23 68.09% 7.24 1.34
BX Brown Ale 1030.4 1009 2.83 70.39% 5.02 0.59
IPA IPA 1034.2 1009 3.33 73.68% 7.59 0.98
OB Pale Ale 1043.4 1011 4.29 74.65% 7.23 1.23
PX Pale Ale 1030.4 1011 2.57 63.82% 6.19 0.73
XXX Mild 1032.4 1010 2.96 69.14% 5.08 0.65
Shakespeare Ale Strong Ale 1075.4 1027 6.40 64.19% 8.86 2.66
Stout Stout 1039.8 1014.5 3.35 63.57% 7.17 1.14
Source:
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust DR227/215 Brewing Record Book No 2

Some are easy to match up with the price list. IPA and XXX are obviously the two draught beers. BX and LA look like the Brown Ale and Light Bitter.

The bottled Stout and IPA are trickier. At over 2 shillings a pint, bottled IPA was obviously a different beer from the draught version. Green Label or OB would be my guess. At just about 1040º, the Stout in the brewing record looks too strong to retail for just 1d more per pint than the Light Bitter and Brown Ale. My guess is that this version had a lower OG, somewhere around 1035º.

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