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More bad news for drinkers. Well, Bitter drinkers. Seems like it was business as usual if your tipple was Mild.

Because brewers faced a cut in the materials to brew from:

"BITTER BLOW FOR BEER LOVERS
BREWERS have been set bitter problem, and they are returning a mild answer.

By agreement between the Ministry of Food and the brewers there has been a cut of 10 per cent. in the raw materials for brewing.

No further official interference is expected, but as the Government wants to see the maximum output of beer achieved by the brewers, much of that beer must be of the weaker, or mild, variety.

So less bitter beer is to be brewed, and no strong ale at all.

The past year has been the worst in history for the production malting barley.

Problems for the brewer have been increased by the calling up of the technical staff, while the demand for beer has increased, There is grave anxiety as to whether sufficient barley can malted. This means that immediate Government action is necessary there is not to be a shortage of beer in 1942."
Daily Herald - Wednesday 24 December 1941, page 3.No Strong Ale to be brewed at all? Nightmare.

But was there really a 10% reduction in the use of brewing materials in 1942? Luckily, I have the numbers to hand:



Brewing materials 1938 - 1946 (cwt)


year
malt
unmalted corn
rice, maize, etc
sugar
total malt & adjuncts
hops
bulk barrels


1938
9,378,888
14,194
688,086
1,894,773
11,975,941
277,846
24,339,360


1939
9,884,803
9,910
734,771
1,986,478
12,615,962
285,715
25,691,217


1940
9,857,838
7,912
363,588
1,532,776
11,762,114
265,512
24,925,704


1941
10,988,413
11,897
246,757
1,397,642
12,644,709
251,354
28,170,582


1942
10,918,102
52,646
382,207
1,411,422
12,764,377
223,007
29,584,656


1943
10,287,322
40,592
1,238,183
1,400,573
12,966,670
231,589
29,811,321


1944
10,621,168
143,183
1,241,121
1,458,647
13,464,119
243,900
31,380,684


1945
10,435,212
245,751
1,332,032
1,784,064
13,797,059
244,822
31,990,334


1946
9,976,998
137,750
1,132,748
1,790,021
13,037,517
226,197
31,066,950


Sources:


Brewers' Almanack 1955, page 62.



The short answer is no. Slightly more materials in total were used in 1942 than in 1941. The amounnt of beer produced increased, too. There was a slight fall in the amount of malt used, but this was more than offset by an increase in other materials. There was also a modest increase in the quantity of beer produced. Which you'll note was almost 20% higher than in peacetime.

The total materials used and the quantity of beer brewed continued to increase until the end of the war, when both fell.

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