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I’m going to rattle through these William Younger beers before I forget. And I wouldn’t want to do that, William Younger being such a key brewery.

When paired with their partner in Scottish Brewers, William McEwan, they were easily the biggest player in Scotland. And even when the big English brewers started moving in, they still retained their leading position in the Scottish market

Scottish brewers had been big exporters since the first half of the 19th century, but after WW II most foreign markets evaporated along with the British Empire and all that was left was Belgium. There strong Scotch Ale was a niche market. It still is, though I believe all current examples are brewed in Belgium.

Speaking of which, Younger’s No. 1 is typical of the Belgian style. 7 or 8% ABV, full-bodied and dark. I’m surprised at the attenuation of some of the examples below because it contained lactose. I know that from the brewing records. Pretty Things brewed a very nice version of 1949 No. Ale. Wish I still had some bottles.

I’ve said this many times before, but it’s worth repeating. No. 1 was marketed as Strong Ale in Scotland and Scotch Ale elsewhere. It’s just the way Scottish brewers rolled.

The draught Scotch Ale must be No. 3, though the gravity in the brewing records from 1949 I have is a little higher at 1044º.

As for Double Century, I know very little. I really should have a hunt through the brewing records for it. I should have an example. . . . . Just done exactly that. Interesting. It does contain some darker malts, crystal and whatever M stands for. There’s also lactose in the grist, just like No. 1. So basically it looks like a weaker version of No. 1.



William Younger's Strong and Scotch Ales 1947 - 1957


Date
Beer
Price
size
package
OG
FG
ABV
App. Atten-uation
colour


1947
No. 1 Strong Ale

pint
bottled
1074
1022
6.76
70.27%



1949
Scotch Ale
18d
pint
draught
1041.7
1011
3.98
73.62%
40 + 3.5


1949
Double Century Ale

pint
bottled
1058.5
1017.5
5.32
70.09%



1950
Scotch Ale

half
bottled
1087.6
1017.5
9.21
80.02%
5 + 40


1950
Double Century Ale
1/6d
half
bottled
1058.4
1020.1
4.96
65.58%
40 + 9


1952
Scotch Ale


bottled
1083.5
1021.7
8.07
74.01%
8 + 40


1953
Century Ale
1/6d
half
bottled
1056.4
1021.4
4.52
62.06%
71 B


1953
Strong Ale
1/2.5d
nip
bottled
1071.2
1024.2
6.09
66.01%
9 + 40


1954
Double Century Ale
18d
half
bottled
1056.6
1023.3
4.29
58.83%
80


1955
No. 1 Strong Ale
15d
nip
bottled
1071.4
1024.3
6.11
65.97%
80


1957
Double Century Ale
2/2d
16 oz
bottled
1051.5
1018.6
4.25
63.88%
80


Sources:


Thomas Usher Gravity Book document TU/6/11.


Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002.



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