More ludicrous detail about Boddington Bitter. Another factor in the evolution of a beer is highlighted: fashion.
Remember how the colour suddenly became much paler in the late 1960s. Dropping from 18 in 1966 to 12 in 1968. The change is e easily explained by what happened in the grist. Where a fair chunk of the pale malt was replaced by lager malt. A clear statement of intent there.
Probably related to the change is fashion, when it came to beer. You know, the popularity of the new-fangled Lagers.
How popular was Lager in the 1960s? You should know me by now. Obviously, I have some numbers.
|UK Beer consumption by type 1965 - 1971 (%)|
|Ale & stout||98.0||98.0||97.0||96.0||94.0||93.0||90.1|
|“The Brewers' Society Statistical Handbook 1988” page 17|
|“The Brewers' Society Statistical Handbook 1990” page 17|
Lager very much on the up, but enough to mess around with your Bitter in 1967 or so?
Which brings me back to Boddington's grists:
|Boddington Bitter malts and adjuncts 1945 - 1970|
|Date||Year||pale malt||lager malt||enzymic malt||wheat malt||flaked maize||flaked barley|
|Boddington brewing records held at Manchester Central Library, document numbers M693/405/129, M693/405/130 and M693/405/133.|
Definitely seems like they were going for a paler look with the lager malt, wheat malt and flaked maize. Was it in response to Lager, though?