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It’s been a while. And, yes, I had forgotten. At least, temporarily. Not to worry, I’ve remembered now.

Though I can’t recall what the point of the series was, other than conjuring up multiple posts from table. Then again, doesn’t that pretty much sum up my blog?

This is quite a long set. I can think of a couple of good reasons why. Strong beers were more likely to be named because they were higher profile beers. And they were very often bottled. At a time when pump clips weren’t universal and keg still rare, the branding opportunities at point of sale were much smaller for draught beers. Amongst draught beers I think it’s no coincidence that many of the first ones to be heavily branded were in keg form. You had those brightly-lit bartop boxes to splash a name across.

Unsurprisingly, the adjective “Old” features heavily in names. Though, ironically enough, not in any described as Old Ale. How odd.

How many of these beers survive? I think only Robinson’s Old Tom. Though a revival of Colne Spring Ale is on the cards. And Tally Ho! Is still around, but brewed by someone else, Adnams. Mind you, Adnams have been using the name since the 1880’s.

I love some of the names. Oh be Joyful in particular. Also the echo of Arctic Ale. And Lees enigmatic “C”. Though to be fair that wasn’t a their own brand, C Ales be9ing brewed by several breweries around Manchester. Before you ask, I’ve no idea of where the name came from. Unlike October Brew which is doubtless a reference to the old practice of brewing strong keeping beers in either March or October. Though for conjouring up the cosy image of a strong beer on a cold, dark winter’s evening, it’s hard to beat Fireside.



Branded Old Ale and Strong Ale in 1953


Brewery
Beer
Type


Benskin's
Colne Spring Ale
Old


Broadway Brewery
Broadway
Old


Brickwood
Little Bricky
Old Ale, bottled


Samuel Webster
Coronation
Old Brown, very strong


Flowers Breweries
Dragon's Blood
Old English Ale


East Anglian Breweries
Old Nell
Strong


Samuel Webster
Old Tom
Strong


Wm. Younger
King of Ales
Strong


Barclay, Perkins
Winter Brew
Strong Ale


Brampton Brewery
Golden Bud
Strong Ale


Dutton's
Oh Be Joyful
Strong Ale


Campbell Praed
Pride
Strong Ale


Courage
Double Courage
Strong Ale


Drybrough
Burns
Strong Ale


Frederick Robinson
Old Tom
Strong Ale


Fredk. Robinson
Young Tom
Strong Ale


Gardner
Kentish Fire
Strong Ale


Guernsey Brewery
Double Pony
Strong Ale


H. & G. Simonds
Old Berkshire
Strong Ale


Ind Coope & Allsopp
Arctic
Strong Ale


J. & J. Morison
J & J
Strong Ale


J. C. & H. R. Palmer
Tally-Ho!
Strong Ale


J. W. Lees
C
Strong Ale


John Rowell
John Barleycorn
Strong Ale


Massey's
King's Ale
Strong Ale


Morrell's Brewery
College Ale
Strong Ale


Richard Whitaker
Bantam
Strong Ale


Timothy Taylor
Blue Label
Strong Ale


Ushers Wiltshire Brewery
Triple Crown
Strong Ale


Wenlock Brewery
Fireside
Strong Ale


Norman & Pring
Imperial
Strong Ale, bottle and draught


Cornbrook Brewery
Cornbrook Old Tom
Strong Ale, bottled


Daniel Thwaites
Big Ben
Strong Ale, bottled


Greene King
Stingo
Strong Ale, bottled


Truswell's Brewery
October Brew
Strong Ale, bottled


Daniel Thwaites
Old Ben
Strong Ale, draught


Truswelt's Brewery
Imperial
Strong Ale, draught


Hope & Anchor
Old English
Strong Beer


Lamb Brewery
Stingo
Strong beer


Higson's Brewery
Stingo
Strong beer, bottled


Lamb Brewery
Rouser
Strong Bitter


Ridley
Stock
Strong Brown Ale


Ridley
Xmas
Strong Brown Ale


Source:


Brewery Manual 1953-1954, pages 382 - 394.



Stouts next. Maybe.

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