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Did only a handful of brewers produce a coronation beer? Not if surviving labels are anything to go by.

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On The Labologist's Society webpage (http://labology.org.uk/?page_id=1637) there are 154 examples from 147 breweries. Admittedly a couple are foreign. But that’s still quite a lot. To do my favourite thing, contextualise that, there were 501* breweries in the UK in 1953. Meaning around a third brewed – or at least marketed – a beer for the coronation.

Here’s a list of those beers:



Coronation Beers


Brewery
Beer


Abington Brewery Co Ltd
Coronation Ale


Adnams & Co Ltd
Coronation Ale


James Aitken & Co
Coronation Ale


Alton Court Brewery Co Ltd
Queens Ale


Ballingall & Son Ltd
Coronation Ale


Barclay Perkins & Co Ltd
Russian Imperial Stout


Barnsley Brewery Co Ltd
Royal Strong Ale


Charles Beasley Ltd
Coronation Ale


Benskins Watford Brewery Ltd
Coronation Ale


Bent's Brewery Co Ltd
Coronation Ale AI


Bentley & Shaw Ltd
Regalia Ale


Bentleys Old Brewery (Rotherham) Ltd
Elizabethan Ale


Bentley's Yorkshire Breweries Ltd
Coronation Ale


T & J Bernard Ltd Coronation
Heavy Ale


T & J Bernard Ltd Coronation
Light Ale


Beverley Brothers Ltd
Coronation Ale


Birkenhead Brewery Co Ltd
Coronation Ale Double Strong


Border Breweries Ltd
Crown Ale


W H Brakspear & Sons Ltd
Coronation Ale


Brickwood & Co Ltd
Coronation Ale


Bristol Brewery George & Co Ltd
Coronation Stout


The Broadway Brewery Ltd
Coronation Ale


Matthew Brown & Co Ltd
Coronation Bitter Beer


Matthew Brown & Co Ltd
Kings Ale


Brutton Mitchell Toms Ltd
Coronation Ale


Burtonwood Brewery (Forshaws) Ltd
Loyalty Ale


Bushell Watkins & Smith Ltd
Coronation Ale


William Butler & Co Ltd
Coronation Ale


J W Cameron & Co Ltd
Sovereign Stout


Campbell Praed & Co Ltd
Coronation Brew


Carlsberg Brewery Ltd
Royal Lager


Carlise & District State Management Brewery
Crown Ale (naturally matured in bottle)


R. F. Case & Co Ltd
Elizabethan Ale


Castletown Brewery Ltd
Queen's Ale


Catterall & Swarbrick Ltd
Queen's Ale


The Ceylon Brewery Ltd
Coronation Ale


Charrington & Co Ltd
Royal Toby Ale


Richard Clarke & Co
Coronation Ale


Cobb & Co Ltd
Crown IPA


Cobbold & Co Ltd
Coronation Pale Ale


Dale & Co Ltd
Coronation Ale


Daniell & Sons Ltd
Coronation Ale


James Deuchar Ltd
Coronation Ale


Robert Deuchar Ltd
Coronation Ale


J A Devenish & Co Ltd
Coronation Beer


Drybrough & Company Ltd
'53 Ale


Dudgeon & Co Ltd
Coronation Ale


Dunmow Brewery Ltd
Coronation


Dutton's Blackburn Brewery Ltd
Coronation Ale


East African Breweries Ltd
Coronation Ale


East African Breweries Ltd Simonds
Coronation Lager


East Anglian Breweries Ltd
Ely Coronation Ale


Eldridge Pope & Co Ltd
Coronation Ale


Ely Brewery Co Ltd
Ely Coronation Ale


Evan Evans Bevan Ltd
Silver Crown Ale


Felinfoel Brewery Co Ltd
Coronation Ale


Fremlins Ltd
Queens Ale


Friary Holroyd & Healy's Breweries Ltd
Sovereign


Sidney Fussell & Sons Ltd
Coronation Ale


Sidney Fussell & Sons Ltd
Coronation Stout


Gibbs Mew & Co Ltd
Coronation Beer


Gordon & Blair (1923) Ltd
Coronation Strong Ale


Greene King & Sons Ltd
Coronation Ale


John Groves & Sons Ltd
Coronation Ale


Groves & Whitnall Ltd
Coronation Ale


Hall & Woodhouse Ltd
Coronation


Julia Hanson & Sons Ltd
Coronation Ale


Harman Uxbridge Brewery Ltd
Coronation Ale


Harvey & Son
Elizabethan Ale


G S Heath Ltd
Coronation Ale


J W Hemingway Ltd
Coronation Ale


J Hey & Co Ltd
Coronation Ale


S H Higgs Ltd
Double Lion Pale Ale


Higson's Brewery Ltd
Coronation Ale


Holden's Brewery Ltd
Coronation Stout


Holt Brothers Ltd.
Coronation Ale


Hope & Anchor Breweries Ltd
Royal Jubilee Stout


The Hull Brewery Co Ltd
Coronation Ale


Hyde's Anvil Brewery Ltd
Anvil Brand Pale Ale


Hyde's Anvil Brewery Ltd
Pale Ale the Family Anvil


Ind Coope & Allsopp Ltd
Commonwealth Ale


Jennings Brothers Ltd
Coronation Ale


John Joule & Sons Ltd
Coronation Ale


Kemp Town Brewery Brighton Ltd
Coronation Ale


Lancashire Clubs Brewery Ltd
Queens Ale


Leeds & Wakefield Breweries Ltd
Coronation Regal a Strong Ale


Marston Thompson & Evershed Ltd
Coronation Ale Dark Strong


Matthews & Co
Coronation Ale


Mauldon & Sons
Coronation Ale


McLennan & Urquhart Ltd
Coronation Ale


McMullen & Sons Ltd
Coronation Ale


Meux's Brewery Co Ltd
Coronation Treble Gold


Mitchells & Butler Ltd
Coronation Ale


Moors & Robsons Breweries Ltd
Coronation Ale


J & J Morison Ltd
Coronation Ale


Morland & Co Ltd
Monarch


Morland & Co Ltd
Queen's Toast


Morrells Ltd
Coronation Ale


William Murray & Co Ltd
Coronation Ale


William Neesham Ltd
Coronation Stout


H Newnam & Sons Ltd
Coronation Strong Ale


Nicholson & Sons
Coronation Ale


J Nimmo & Son Ltd
Coronation Ale


Okell & Son Ltd
Coronation Ale


Paine & Co Ltd
Coronation Ale


P. Phipps & Co Ltd
Double Crown


Portsmouth & Brighton United Breweries Ltd
Pompey Royal Coronation Brew


Thos. Ramsden & Son Ltd
Old Ram Coronation Brew


Randall's Brewery Ltd
Coronation Ale


Rayment & Co Ltd
Coronation Ale


David Roberts & Sons Ltd
Coronation Ale


Frederic Robinson Ltd
Unicorn Coronation Ale


St Austell Brewery
Coronation Ale


Scarborough & Whitby Breweries Ltd
Queens Ale


Shepherd Neame Ltd
Coronation Ale


Shrewbury & Wem Brewery Co Ltd
Coronation Ale


H & G Simonds Ltd
Coronation Ale


Simonds Farsons Cisk Ltd
Crown Ale


Simpsons Brewery Ltd
Century Stout


Southams Brewery Ltd
Coronation Ale


South London Brewery Ltd
Elizabeth 1953


John Smith's Tadcaster Brewery Co Ltd
Coronation Ale


Star Brewery Co Ltd
Coronation Brew


Starkey Knight & Ford
Coronation Ale


Steel Coulson & Co Ltd
Coronation Export Ale


Steel Coulson & Co Ltd
Coronation Sweet Stout


Strong & Co of Romsey
Coronation Ale


Stroud Brewery Co Ltd
Coronation Ale


Style & Winch
Coronation Brew Barley Wine


Tamplin & Sons Ltd
Queens Ale


Taylor Walker & Co Ltd
Coronation Ale


Taylor Walker & Co Ltd
Coronation Vintage Ale


Tollemache's Breweries Ltd
Coronation Ale


Tomson & Wotton Ltd
Coronation Ale 1953


Ushers Wiltshire Brewery Ltd
Triple Crown


Thomas Usher & Son Ltd
Golden Rule


Vallances Brewery Ltd
Coronation Ale


Wadworths & Co Ltd
Queen's Ale


Peter Walker (Warrington) Ltd
Coronation Ale


Warwicks & Richardsons Ltd
Coronation


Webbs (Aberbeeg) Ltd
Coronation Ale


Samuel Webster & Sons Ltd
Old Brown Coronation Ale


Welcome Brewery Co Ltd
Loyal Welcome Coronation Ale


Charles Wells Ltd
Coronation Ale


Wells & Winch Ltd
Coronation Ale


Richard Whitaker & Sons Ltd
Coronation Bitter


Whitworth, Son & Nephew Ltd
Coronation Ale


Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries Ltd
Coronation Ale Old Ale


Wrekin Brewery Co Ltd
Coronation Wrekin Ale


Yorkshire Clubs Brewery Ltd
Coronation Beer


Young & Co Brewery Ltd
Coronation Ale


J J Young & Son Ltd
Coronation Strong Ale


George Younger & Son
Highland Ale


Robert Younger Ltd
Coronation Ale


Source:


The Labologist's Society http://labology.org.uk/?page_id=1637




You probably noticed that some names were quite popular. I can’t help myself from producing another table. This time breaking the beers down by their names:



Coronation beer names


name
number
% of total


Coronation
3
1.95%


Coronation Ale
92
59.74%


Coronation Beer
3
1.95%


Coronation Brew
5
3.25%


Coronation + style
10
6.49%


Crown
7
4.55%


Elizabeth
4
2.60%


Queen
9
5.84%


Sovereign
2
1.30%


monarch
1
0.65%


Royal
4
2.60%


other royal related
3
1.95%


style
8
5.19%


other
3
1.95%


total
154



Unsurprisingly, the vast majority included the word “coronation” or another with a royal connection. Kings Ale seems the oddest choice. I’m truly baffled by that one.

Also of interest is the spread of styles. You’d expect Strong Ales, but there are quite a few Stouts and even some Pale Ales and an IPA. Many give no indication of what style they might be.

Next time a brewer will tell us about brewing a Coronation Ale: “best brew since 1914”.





* Brewers' Almanack 1955 p.68.

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