Though you may already have drunk this beer. If you attended the historic Lager festival at Urban Chestnut in St. Louis a couple of years ago. It was one of the recipes I provided. The beer went down surprisingly well.
First appearing just before WW II, Sparkling Beer was a strange beast. Brewed as a Lager, but nothing about its branding revealed that fact. Which is a bit strange.
As it doesn’t appear on any UK Barclay Perkins price lists, I’m pretty sure it was never sold domestically. Rather, it seems to have been designed as a long-life beer for ships’ stores, export and the military. Which is probably why it was often in canned form.
Amber in colour, a style Nazi would probably pin it down as a Vienna Lager. But I don’t think that was the brewery’s aim. Guessing what their aim might have been is another matter.
The grist is an odd mix of lager and crystal malt. With quite a lot of Saaz hops. It’s not very complicated, but doesn’t look much like either a UK of a continental beer. The Saaz were from the 1937 and 1938 harvests, both kept in a cold store.
A strange beer, which one that lived on quite a while after Barclay’s original London Lager brands disappeared.
|1939 Barclay Perkins Sparkling Beer|
|lager malt||9.50 lb||88.37%|
|crystal malt 80 L||1.25 lb||11.63%|
|Saaz 90 min||1.25 oz|
|Saaz 60 min||1.25 oz|
|Saaz 30 min||1.25 oz|
|Mash at||158º F|
|Sparge at||175º F|
|Boil time||90 minutes|
|pitching temp||45º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 2042 Danish lager|