I wish I had more analyses. Especially for northern breweries. As that would enable me to spot patterns much better. Though I suspect it might be confusing. Because, unlike London where all Mild was dark, northern breweries had a habit of brewing two Milds, one pale and one dark. At least ones in Yorkshire and Lancashire did.
You can see the practice a little in the table. Through Lees. They had a pale Ordinary Mild and a dark Best Mild. Which in itself is a bit unusual. They were usually the other way around, the stronger Mild being the paler one. No idea why that was different at Lees.
It’s a shame that I don’t have the FG for most examples. Because for those where I do, it’s exceptionally high, leaving a couple of beer over 4% ABV. I’m looking at Vaux in particular. Speaking of Vaux, I can remember their Mild. It was a pretty rare beer in its final days, the Northeast not being a great mild-drinking area. And, unlike the one in the table, was very dark as I recall.
Mild wasn’t very common by this period in Scotland. My suspicion is that these samples were taken south of the border. Probably in London, as they were performed by Truman. Younger had pubs selling their beer in the capital, both free houses and tied houses. These would have needed to have a Mild Ale to satisfy the demands of English drinkers. Which would explain why all the samples are dark in colour.
|Northern and Scottish Mild Ale 1950 - 1954|
|Year||Brewer||Beer||Price per pint d||Acidity||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||colour|
|1951||Groves & Whitnall||Mild Ale||14||0.04||1030.6||1004.1||3.45||86.60%||50|
|1952||Hull Brewery||Mild Ale||16||0.05||1032.1||1005.6||3.44||82.55%||85|
|Lees brewing records held at the brewery.|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002.|
|Truman Gravity Book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number B/THB/C/252|
Where next? The southeast, I think.