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I bet you can't guess what this post is about. Really. You think it's going to be another one of those boring table post, don't you? One with just loads of numbers about beers from a brewery that closed before you were born. Well it isn't.

This post is more a celebration of getting through the Whitbread Gravity Book volume II. It's in alphabetical order, the Whitbread Gravity Book. But, for reasons I won't annoy you with, I finished with Simonds. The former Reading brewer. That was gobbled up, chewed and then spat out again by Courage. There are two factoids I can remember about Simonds:


they took part in one of the first copyright lawsuits, being sued by Bass for having a hop-leaf logo that was too similar to their own red triangle
the Simonds name lives on, as does their flagship Hopleaf Pale Ale (http://www.farsons.com/) (and logo), in Malta

That's all the interesting stuff. ("Interesting" is a relative term in this context..) I know - what about a nice table of Simonds beers? You know it makes sense.


Simonds beers 1938 - 1965 Year Beer Style Price size package Acidity FG OG Colour ABV attenuation 1938 Stout Stout 10d pint bottled 1053.2 1946 SB Pale Ale Pale Ale 13d pint bottled 0.05 1005.1 1029.4 25 Brown 3.16 82.65% 1947 SB Ale Pale Ale 13d pint bottled 0.05 1007.2 1028.6 24.5 2.77 74.83% 1947 SB Ale Pale Ale 13d pint bottled 0.06 1008.2 1029.1 23.5 2.71 71.82% 1947 Special Stout Stout 12d pint bottled 0.06 1022.6 1043.9 1 + 14 2.73 48.52% 1948 Pale Ale Pale Ale can 0.06 1007.8 1028.8 22.5 2.72 72.92% 1948 Brown Ale Brown Ale 18d pint bottled 0.05 1006.3 1025.6 40 + 16 2.50 75.39% 1948 Brown Ale Brown Ale 18d pint bottled 0.05 1006.4 1025.7 40 + 16 2.50 75.10% 1948 Brown Ale Brown Ale 15d pint bottled 0.05 1006.7 1026.3 40 + 8.5 2.54 74.52% 1949 E. IPA IPA 1/6d pint draught 0.05 1007 1039.7 23 B 4.26 82.37% 1949 Brown Ale Brown Ale 15d pint bottled 0.05 1008 1026.1 23 + 40 2.34 69.35% 1949 Special Stout MS brand Stout 12d half pint bottled 0.05 1018.9 1045.4 1 + 13 3.42 58.37% 1949 Bulldog Pale Ale (imported into Belgium by John Martin, bought in Brussels) Pale Ale bottled 0.08 1011.9 1069.8 25 7.59 82.95% 1950 Ale Mild 12 pint draught 1030.4 56 1950 Pale Ale Pale Ale 14d pint draught 1031.5 26 1950 Berry Brown Ale Brown Ale 15d pint bottled 0.07 1007.3 1029.5 10 + 40 2.88 75.25% 1950 SB Pale Ale Pale Ale 9d half pint bottled 0.05 1008.5 1032.5 26 3.11 73.85% 1951 Luncheon Stout Stout 9d half pint bottled 0.07 1013.1 1034.1 1 + 14 2.71 61.58% 1951 Brown Ale Brown Ale 9d half pint bottled 0.06 1009.6 1029.2 19 + 40 2.53 67.12% 1951 Mild Ale Mild 1/2d pint draught 0.05 1005.5 1032 80 3.44 82.81% 1951 Mild Dark Sweet Mild 1/2d pint draught 0.06 1005.7 1031.5 80 3.35 81.90% 1952 Berry Brown Ale Brown Ale 9.5d half pint bottled 0.06 1005.5 1032 5 + 40 3.44 82.81% 1952 Brown Ale Brown Ale 9d half pint bottled 0.05 1009.7 1029.9 17 + 40 2.61 67.56% 1953 Velvet Stout Stout 26d pint bottled 0.05 1022.5 1046.2 1 + 13 3.05 51.30% 1953 Old Berkshire Strong Ale Strong Ale 14.5d nip bottled 0.06 1033.2 1076.7 16 + 40 5.61 56.71% 1953 Tavern Pale Ale Pale Ale 10d nip bottled 0.05 1012.3 1044.9 21 4.23 72.61% 1953 Archangel Stout Stout 16.5d nip bottled 0.05 1041.2 1084.6 1 + 10 5.57 51.30% 1954 Velvet Stout Stout 14.5d half pint bottled 0.04 1023.8 1047.5 350 3.04 49.89% 1955 SB Pale Ale Pale Ale 9d half pint bottled 0.04 1009 1033 21 3.11 72.73% 1955 Bulldog Pale Ale Pale Ale bottled 0.05 1018 1067 20 6.38 73.13% 1956 Bitter Ale Pale Ale 1/- half pint bottled 0.04 1010 1030.1 25 2.60 66.78% 1956 Berry Brown Ale Brown Ale 16d half pint bottled 0.04 1011.9 1031.9 85 2.58 62.70% 1956 SB Pale Ale Pale Ale 10d half pint bottled 0.04 1010.3 1033.4 21 2.99 69.16% 1957 Velvet Stout Stout 14.5d half pint bottled 0.04 1022.2 1047.9 250 3.31 53.65% 1957 Luncheon Stout Stout 11d half pint bottled 0.04 1014.9 1033.6 275 2.41 55.65% 1959 Keg Bitter Pale Ale 22d pint draught 0.04 1007.3 1037.4 19 3.76 80.48% 1959 Velvet Stout Stout 16d pint bottled 1022 1047.9 275 3.33 54.07% 1959 SB Light Ale Pale Ale 10d half pint bottled 0.02 1010.3 1034.2 19 3.09 69.88% 1959 Light Ale Pale Ale 11d half pint bottled 0.02 1012.1 1034.4 19 2.88 64.83% 1959 Tavern Export Ale Pale Ale 17d halfpint bottled 0.04 1013 1045.8 18 4.25 71.62% 1960 Best Bitter Pale Ale 19d pint draught 0.05 1007.5 1042.3 17 4.35 82.27% 1960 IPA IPA 14d pint draught 0.04 1010.2 1035.4 18 3.15 71.19% 1960 Velvet Stout Stout 16d half pint bottled 0.04 1020.3 1042.3 300 2.83 52.01% 1960 Luncheon Stout Stout 10d half pint bottled 0.04 1010.4 1034.4 3.11 69.77% 1964 Milk Stout (lactose present) Stout pint bottled 0.05 1021.6 1066.3 250 5.80 67.42% 1965 Martins PA (sold in Belgium) Pale Ale bottled 0.05 1019.7 1068 17 6.04 71.03% Sources: Truman Gravity Book Whitbread Gravity Book
There are a couple of beers I was really pleased to find in there: Archangel Stout, Martins PA, Bulldog Pale Ale, Tavern and Berry Brown Ale (just because of the name. And of course an authentic, traditional IPA. None of that new-fangled, high-gravity bollocks.

Oh shit. This did end up just a table post. The brewery shut in 1980. That's in case you want to check if it closed before you were born.



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