Looking at the numbers from Whitbread, it looks as if many Porter drinkers may have shifted their allegiance to draught Stout. A beer which was much like the Porter from before the war. I can’t blame them. Given adequate financial resources, I’d have done exactly the same.
As London brewers parti-gyled their Porter and Stout, they were beers of very similar character. If you wanted a beer like the Porter of 1914, Stout was your obvious choice in the 1920s.
Outside London and Ireland, Porter was stone dead after WW I. Even in the capital, it wasn’t doing that well. Though most brewers still produced one. Though, had they not been parti-gyled with Stout, I doubt many brewers would have bothered brewing Porter even in London.
|London Porter in the 1920s|
|Year||Brewer||Beer||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||lbs hops/ qtr||hops lb/brl|
|Whitbread brewing record held at the London Metropolitan archives, document number LMA/4453/D/09/115.|
|Barclay Perkins brewing record held at the London Metropolitan archives, document number ACC/2305/01/614.|
|Fullers brewing record held at the brewery.|
|Courage brewing record held at the London Metropolitan archives, document number ACC/2305/08/253.|
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