This one is from AK’s traditional habitat, the South of England. The Southwest, to be precise, Eldridge Pope being located in the county of Dorset. Though, as you can see from the advertisement below, it wasn’t marketed under that name, but “Crystal” instead. No idea why that was, as the other two beers in the advert, Pale Ale and KK, were called the same in the brewhouse.
Light Dinner Ale it’s described as, a moniker quite often applied to AK. The “strongly recommended for table and family use” means that it was aimed at the off trade. In the 19th century it was still common for people to buy casks of beer to drink at home. The fact that it was available in bottles as well demonstrates the rise of beer in this form. One which would eventually see cask beer disappear from homes.
The recipe is about what you’d expect: base malt, adjunct and quite a lot of sugar. I’ve guessed No. 2 invert, which is the most likely candidate. No. 1 is another possibility. Or it could be something else entirely. The brewing record just says “sacc.”.
Three types of hops, all English, of unspecified vintage. I’ve guessed a combination of Fuggles and Goldings.
|1896 Eldridge Pope AK|
|pale malt||8.25 lb||78.57%|
|flaked maize||0.50 lb||4.76%|
|No. 2 invert sugar||1.75 lb||16.67%|
|Fuggles 150 mins||1.00 oz|
|Fuggles 60 mins||1.00 oz|
|Goldings 30 mins||1.00 oz|
|Goldings dry hops||0.50 oz|
|Mash at||151º F|
|Sparge at||160º F|
|Boil time||150 minutes|
|pitching temp||60º F|
|Yeast||White Labs WLP099 Super High Gravity|