Remember when we discussed beer codes. Those cryptic letters so beloved of Victorian brewers. I'm sure I said something about Burton, where they did things differently. Bass used numbers.
How to get a look at
some Burton brewing logs has been occupying my mind for a while. With
the former Bass Museum closed, it seems problematic. So imagine my
surprise when, at the Scottish Brewing Archive I discovered records from
Evershed's brewery. Of Marston, Thompson & Evershed fame. What a
piece of luck.
At least that's what I thought until I opened them
up. Aaaagh. It was the personal notebook of one of the Younger's, who
must have been there getting work experience, or whatever they called it
in the 19th century. It was in the horrible Younger's format. Nothing
like as useful as I'd hoped.
But it wasn't a total loss. I
managed to scrape a few beer details out of it. And they used a
numbering system similar to Bass. Take a look:
I've not had time to look at it properly yet. Wonder what it will tell me?
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