Barclay Perkins took the plunge into Lager brewing immediately after the end of WW I. In the interwar years, it was one of only six UK breweries that produced Lager. The others were the Alloa Brewery, Jeffreys, Red Tower, Tennant and the Wrexham Lager Brewery. Of those, only Red Tower was in England (Manchester).
Of the several Lagers that Barclay Perkins brewed, Sparkling Beer was the oddest. Introduced just before WW II, it seems to have been exclusively brewed for export. Much seems to have been consumed either by the military or aboard ships. It was also one of the first beers to be canned.
It’s difficult to say what style it’s meant to be. The label makes no mention of the fact it’s a Lager. Based on its amber colour, I guess you could call it a Vienna Lager.
Barclay Perkins certainly went the whole hog when brewing Lager, employing a complicated mashing scheme with multiple rests. Interestingly, their Lagers were their only beers to contain grits. They usually used flaked maize. The grist is pretty simple with, in addition to the grits, just pilsner malt and crystal malt.
East Kent Goldings may seem an odd choice of hops for a Lager. They did sometimes use a mixture of Goldings and Saaz, but I know from earlier brewing records that Saaz were double the price of Goldings.
In addition to the main mash, there was also a cereal mash for the grits:
|mash in||122º F||stand 20 minutes|
|raise to||154º F||stand 20 minutes|
|boil||212º F||for 5 minutes|
|mash in||122º F|
|raise to||154º F||stand 30 minutes|
|raise with grits to||168º F|
|hold at||168º F||45 minutes|
|Sparge at||165º F|
|1954 Barclay Perkins Sparkling Beer|
|pilsner malt||7.50 lb||71.29%|
|crystal malt 60 L||1.50 lb||14.26%|
|caramel 1000 SRM||0.02 lb||0.19%|
|Goldings 120 mins||1.00 oz|
|Goldings 30 mins||0.75 oz|
|Mash at||154º F|
|Sparge at||165º F|
|Boil time||120 minutes|
|pitching temp||47.5º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 2042 Danish lager|