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We’re just about done with early 1950’s Mild. Don’t worry, that just means we’ll be moving on to late 1950’s Mild soon.

It’s a bit of a small set. Shouldn’t take too long.

I’m not totally sure Flowers belong here. It’s before their merger with J.W. Green, so I know the beer didn’t come from Luton. It’s probably from Stratford-upon-Avon, which I suppose really counts as the West Midlands.

Which immediately highlights something surprising: how strong the remaining Southwestern Milds are, averaging almost 4% ABV. I’d have expected the opposite. Especially remembering St. Austell and Devenish beers from the 1970’s which were pretty weak. Though you paid a price. Literally. Rather than 13d or 14d a pint, these were 17d or 18d. Other than the Starkey, Knight & Ford beer which looks excellent value.

You’ll note that the real Southwestern beers are quite pale and fairly highly, but not ridiculously so, attenuated. Odd thing is, I remember Plymouth Heavy, which is what Plymouth Breweries Mild was called when I drank it. I recall it being very dark. And very nice. It was a real shame when Courage closed the brewery and it disappeared.

It’s hard to draw many conclusions based on just two beer. So I don’t really know what to say about the Welsh Milds. Other than that I would have expected them to be darker.

Southwestern and Welsh Mild Ale 1950 - 1951
Year Brewer Beer Price per pint d Acidity OG FG ABV App. Atten-uation colour
1950 Plymouth Breweries Mild Ale 17 0.10 1038.1 1006.9 4.06 81.89% 43
1950 Starkey, Knight & Ford Mild Ale 14 0.08 1037.8 1008.5 3.80 77.51% 50
1951 Flowers Mild Ale 15 0.07 1030.7 1003.9 3.49 87.30% 120
1951 Plymouth Breweries Mild Ale 18 0.07 1040.3 1009.5 4.00 76.43% 42
Average 16 0.08 1036.7 1007.2 3.84 80.78% 63.8
1950 Clubs Brewery Ltd Mild Ale 13 0.05 1030 1007.5 2.92 75.00% 55
1951 Brains Mild Ale 15 0.11 1033.9 1004.3 3.85 87.32% 85
Average 14 0.08 1032.0 1005.9 3.39 81.16% 70
Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002.

Late 1950’s Milds next.