Truman was unusual in using 100% English hops in all its beers. This was possibly influenced by the fact that the brewery had its own hop gardens. More standard was to employ a percentage of foreign hops. In most cases, that would have meant hops from the Pacific coast of the US. Or, in rare cases, Belgian, Czech or even German hops.
Not that, once again, the Stock Ales were different to all the others. Though it is worth bearing in mind that they were brewed in 1940, while all the others were brewed in 1939. It does mean, however, that the Stock Ales, which were brewed early in the year, had all hops from the most recent season. While the others had some from the last harvest, but also from the one before.
Unfortunately, the brewing records give no clue to either where the hops were grown in England nor their variety. Though it’s fair to assume that most would have been either Fuggles, Goldings or something similar.
|Truman (Burton) hops in 1939|
|Beer||Style||OG||hop 1||hop 2|
|X||Mild||1030.2||English 1937||English 1938|
|X "Dark"||Mild||1028.5||English 1937||English 1938|
|X "Light"||Mild||1030.2||English 1937||English 1938|
|XX||Mild||1035.5||English 1937||English 1938|
|XX "Dark"||Mild||1033.8||English 1937||English 1938|
|XX "Light"||Mild||1035.5||English 1937||English 1938|
|No. 7||Mild||1041.3||English 1937||English 1938|
|Pale1||Pale Ale||1053.5||English 1937||English 1938|
|Pale1 B||Pale Ale||1053.5||English 1937||English 1938|
|Pale2||Pale Ale||1047.4||English 1937||English 1938|
|XXX||Strong Ale||1048.2||English 1937||English 1938|
|B3||Ale||1056||English 1937||English 1938|
|R4||Ale||1052.9||English 1937||English 1938|
|Stock 1||Stock Ale||1105.3||English 1939|
|Stock 2||Stock Ale||1088.6||English 1939|
|Truman brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number B/THB/C/339.|