In wartime, most breweries trim their range, ditching less popular or very strong beers. The opposite was the case at Lees. The year following the war’s end their portfolio was up from two to five beers. Though two of those, Best Mild and “C” Ale, were only introduced after the end of hostilities.
Not that there’s a huge difference between the Milds and the Bitter. The latter has a slightly higher hopping rate, but not by a huge amount. The hopping rate for all their beers was quite a bit lower than in 1939. For K, the drop was 25% and for Bitter 21%. These would not have been voluntary changes.
The arrival of “C” Ale must have brought a smile to drinkers’ lips. Finally a beer with some real backbone. A type of beer peculiar to Manchester, “C” Ale was roughly similar to a London Burton Ale. The difference being that it was a bottled rather than a draught product.
Several breweries in the Manchester are produced “C” Ales. What the C referred to is anyone’s guess. It seems to have fizzled out sometime in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Lees version was dropped in 1953.
|Lees beers in 1946|
|Date||Beer||Style||OG||lbs hops/ qtr||hops lb/brl||dry hops (oz / barrel)||boil time (hours)|
|6th Mar||Bot. B||Mild||1030||5.09||0.64||1.02||1.75|
|26th Mar||B||Pale Ale||1038||5.75||0.89||1.36||1.75|
|25th Mar||“C” Ale||Strong Ale||1052||5.92||1.38||2.86||1.75|
|Lees brewing records held at the brewery|