Monday, 15 February 2021

Boddington Bitter hops 1939 - 1945

Still obsessing about Boddington Bitter.

When the war kicked off, Boddington Bitter contained both English and foreign hops. The latter being described as Oregon and Styrian. That is, from the USA and Yugoslavia, respectively. From 1941 on, only English hops were employed, both in the copper and as dry hops.

The age of the hops employed varied at different times in the war. In 1939, quite a lot of the hops were two seasons old. While in 1944 and 1945, most of the hops were fairly fresh. There’s a simple explanation. By then, most brewers had exhausted any stocks they had built up before the war. With no imports, locally-grown hops were the only option.  

And only from the last season, as each year’s crop was divided up amongst breweries based on their pre-war usage.  Enough to hop at, if they were lucky, perhaps 80% of their peacetime rate.  

Boddington Bitter hops 1939 - 1945
Year hop 1 hop 2 hop 3 hop 4 hop 5 hop 6 hop 7 hop 8
1939 Oregon 1937 CS Styrian 1937 CS English 1937 English 1937 CS English 1938 Styrian 1937 CS dry hops English 1937 CS dry hops English 1938 dry hops
1940 Styrian 1936 CS English 1939            
1941 English 1940 English 1940 dry hops            
1942 English 1940 CS English 1941 English 1941 dry hops          
1943 English 1941 English 1941 dry hops            
1944 English 1943 English 1943 dry hops            
1945 English 1943 Kent 1944 Kent 1944 dry hops          
Boddington brewing record held at Manchester Central Library, document number M693/405/129.

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