In 1939, before the war began, the cost of the malt, adjunct and sugar used in the brewing of XX came to just over 7% of the retail price. Especially considering that the tax paid was slightly over 2d per pint. Or around a third of the 6d public bar price.
The “XX share” column is there because the brew was a parti-gyle with X, Barclay Perkins Ordinary Mild. There was rather more of that brewed than XX, hence the latter’s share is only around a third of the total.
The situation was very different in 1945. The share of raw materials had more than doubled to just over 15%. While the tax paid had leapt to 7.5d per pint – almost two-thirds of the price public bar punters paid. Ever since, a huge percentage of the retail price of beer in the UK has been made up of tax. Whereas before WW I tax, was only around 10% of the price. Those lucky Edwardians.
|21st June 1939 Barclay Perkins XX|
|Californian pale malt||19||47||893||346.63|
|Hama pale malt||10||42.5||425||164.97|
|No. 3 invert sugar||15||42||630||244.54|
|MK Fuggles 1938||2.36||196||462||179.33|
|MK Fuggles 1938||2.32||197||457.32||177.51|
|MK Fuggles 1937||2.38||181||431.49||167.49|
|cost per pint||0.43|
|retail price per pint (d)||6|
|% raw materials||7.12%|
|Barclay Perkins brewing record held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number ACC/2305/01/623.|
|13th July 1945 Barclay Perkins XX|
|No. 3 invert sugar||15||99||1485||727.83|
|MK Fuggles 1943||0.61||385||233.75||114.57|
|MK Fuggles 1943||0.78||385||299.06||146.58|
|MK Fuggles 1941||0.78||333||258.67||126.78|
|cost per pint||1.81|
|retail price per pint (d)||12|
|% raw materials||15.12%|
|Barclay Perkins Circular Letters held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number ACC/2305/01/521/1.|