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German beer around 1900
Posted by barry on 2018-07-24 04:34:20
It's a bit confusing because it links a generic style (i.e. Maerzen) with a specific brewery (i.e. Schuilbeibrauerei  - is this correct, it's a bit small for me to read!); or Lagerbier with Haafebrauerei in Breslau (Wroclaw?), etc., etc.  Is it a serious explanation of beer styles or the sort of thing that, nowadays, you'd buy on tea towel?  Looks like the latter to me.

It reminds of something that's kind of related to this subject, that is, the naming of beers.  Nowadays, all beers in the UK have to have some specific name (presumably a marketing ploy and to help distinguish them from the plethora of punps on contemporary bars) but I seems to remember that, in my long ago youth, beers were mainly just called mild and bitter - or, in rare cases, IPA or some tag that just described their style.  There were a few exceptions: Fuller's Pride being notable and the bootled beers often had brand names, presumably because they were often sold away from pubs.  In fact, I don't recall pump handles having clips, the bar staff knew quite well which was mild and which was bitter!

Of course, the bitter (or mild) from one brewery was likely to be quite different from the next..Growing up in Manchester, we had a lot of choice of cask beer (though we didn't think of it as cask beer, it was just beer!): Robinson's, Lee's, Holt's, Hyde's, Wilson's, Threlfall's, Chester's, Cornbrook, Swale's, Grove and Whitnall's, probably others that I can't remember - as well as regular invaders such as Burtonwood Marston's, the two Smith's or Bass, all of whom had pubs in the city.  

There you are, Jason, you were craving for something from me on British beer!
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