There isn't a great spread of breweries, with three of the beers coming from Ind Coope. I've assumed that all their beers were brewed in Romford, though they could have been brewed in Burton. A beer like Double Diamond was probably brewed in both breweries. And quite possibly in other Allied Breweries plants as well.
With an average price of 15p per pint, this is the second most expensive set, after London. No surprise there. Though, in terms of value, it's about in the middle.
A couple of the individual beers are amongst the worst value. Two of the Ind Coope beers, Superdaught and Double Diamond. The latter was definitely a keg beer and, based on the name, I reckon Superdaught might have been as well. Which would explain the shit value.
Being a key Alleid Breweries' beer, Double Diamond was available in most, if not all, Tetley's pubs. I never tried it myself. As it was expensive, probably awful and there was always Tetley's Mild. Why the fuck would I drink overpriced keg. I can't remember hardly anyone drinking it. Though there must have been a few fans, otherwise it wouldn't have been on sale.
The average OG is the highest of any set. And around 2º higher than the national average. It's high because most of the examples are what I would call Best Bitter.
Alton Bitter is an interesting one. Courage had a brewery in Alton in Hampshire, specifically for brewing Pale Ales. Their original brewery close to Tower Bridge for a long time only brewed Mild, Stout and Burton. They bought a brewery in Alton because the water had a similar profile to Burton.
I didn't even realise that there was a keg version of Long Life. I can only remember it as a canned beer. As you might have guessed from the name, it was a beer with a long self life. Which probably emant it was pasteurised like hell. Not sure why you'd produce a keg version of a beer meant to last forever in cans.
We're almost done now. Only a couple of sets to go. Then we'll have to move onto 1972.
|Southeastern Bitter in 1971|
|Brewer||Beer||Price per pint (p)||º gravity per p||% ABV per p||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation|
|Ind Coope||Superdraught Bitter||15||2.43||0.21||1036.4||1011.8||3.19||67.72%|
|Ind Coope||Double Diamond Keg||16||2.39||0.22||1038.2||1010.5||3.59||72.51%|
|Ind Coope||Long Life Keg||16||2.69||0.28||1043||1008.4||4.50||80.47%|
|Sunday Mirror - Sunday 21 March 1971, page 25.|