Friday, 18 December 2020

Irish Stout before WW II

Hah. Not about Scotland in WW II. It's Ireland's turn.

Though their is a connection with my Scottish research. I noticed the Irish stuff when looking for Scottish material. And thought that I may as well collect and use it. There being an Irish Stout section pencilled into my next book.

I’m including Ireland in this section for one simple reason: large quantities of Irish-brewed Stout were consumed in the UK. Mostly in the form of Guinness. Even though by the 1930s Guinness had constructed a new brewery in London, this did not produce enough beer to serve the shole of the country. The North of England and Scotland got their Guinness from Dublin. As did, logically enough, Northern Ireland.

Between the wars, Guinness, like breweries un the UK, seems to have stuck with the gravity bands of the last WW I price controls. Which basically made it uneconomic to brew a draught beer over 1055º.

You’ll see that at this point Guinness was not the “Dry” Stout it later became. With attenuation around 75%, rather than the 85% it was from the mi-1950s on.

Not sure why the Beamish & Crawford Stout is weaker than Guinness. It looks like it was in a lower price class. Were they trying to undercut Guinness on price in order to compete?

Irish Stout before WW II
Year Brewer Beer Price per pint (d) OG FG ABV App. Atten-uation
1934 Beamish & Crawford XXX Stout   1048      
1934 Beamish & Crawford Export   1073      
1935 Beamish & Crawford Irish Stout 9.5 1054.3 1013.4 5.32 75.32%
1936 Beamish & Crawford Stout   1047.7      
1936 Beamish & Crawford Irish Stout 8 1047.8 1013.8 4.41 71.13%
1937 Beamish & Crawford Irish Stout 8 1047.2 1014.1 4.29 70.13%
1933 Guinness Extra Stout 11 1054.6 1013.5 5.34 75.27%
1933 Guinness Extra Stout   1054.7 1012.7 5.47 76.78%
1933 Guinness Extra Stout   1055.2 1012.2 5.60 77.90%
1933 Guinness Extra Stout   1055.2 1012.4 5.57 77.54%
Truman Gravity Book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number B/THB/C/252.
"Classic Porter and Stout", by Roger Protz.
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/001.




The Beer Nut said...

Undercutting Guinness on price is how Beamish has survived under both Scottish & Newcastle and latterly Heineken Ireland. "Pint of Social Welfare, please."

Ron Pattinson said...

Thanks Nut,

as I current dole recipient, I can totally relate.

So much fun to be back on the dole. I always thought this was my future. Annoying that those years of employment got in the way.