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30-05-2010, 08:40
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Whitbread kept a spreadsheet of their sales. In old-fashioned pen and ink form. I wish I'd had time to photograph it all. The first few pages are text. Entitled "Notes on Changes in Trade".

Here's a snippet:


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For the lazy:


July 1931 Liverpool started clear ale.
July 1931 Birkenhead started clear ale.
July 1931 Manchester started clear ale.
Sept 1931 Economy Budget. Duty increased by 31/- per barrel
Sept 1931 W & Co. [Whitbread & Co.] Bottled Beer prices increased by 1/- per doz. pints; 6d per doz. half pints; & 8d per crate, except LS & LOS which are not changed in price, but the gravity reduced from 1055 to 1047
Sept 1931 Bass Bottled Beer increased by 1/4d per doz. pints; 8d per doz. half pints
Sept 1931 Guinness Bottled Beer increased by 1/4d per doz. pints; 8d per doz. half pints
Sept 1931 Cask Beer. X.A. started at 118/- per barrel. K.K. & Stout withdrawn. Replaced by X.X.X. & L.S.
This is what happened when there was a sudden rise in beer duty. In some cases, the prices went up, in others the gravity went down. Net result: less tax income for the government.

This was the end of the road for Whitbread's KK and Stout. Beers that had been around since the early 19th century.

I don't know what XA was. I haven't seen it in their brewing records. Weird.

The clear ale stuff is, I believe, when various bottlers went over to carbonated rather than naturally-conditioned bottled beer.https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5445569787371915337-1862751065533319030?l=barclayperkins.blogspot.com


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