Sunday, 27 June 2010
Steel Coulson beers in 1954
Awash with light. It sounds like something from a photography article, but it describes Scotland in the 1950s; light being the low gravity beer drunk in pubs in vast quantities, equivalent to mild.
Steel Coulson had three draught beers: Edinburgh Ale, Brown Ale and P.X.A. Xtra? Edinburgh Ale and Brown Ale were both classed as 60/– at 1030 and P.X.A., a little stronger at 1034,was 70/–. Bizarrely, P 60/– retailed at a penny more in Scotland than in England.
Look how much more popular P 60/– is than the other draught beers – over 10000 barrels compared to just a couple of thousand. Makes you wonder why they bothered with the others really. Mind you, costing 4d more per pint, P.X.A. was 26% more expensive than Edinburgh Ale, but only 13% stronger. Perhaps that's why it didn't sell so well.
On the bottled side things look startlingly familiar. Little bottles of Export and Strong Ale and Sweet Stout. You still saw those on the shelves of pubs when I started drinking in the 1990s. And Elephant Pale Ale. What resemblance a nip bottle of 1.031 beer could possibly have to anything elephant-like, I do not know. Maybe you couldn't get drunk enough on them to forget things.