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    Once Upon A Time

    proudly presents

    1955 Double Brown Ale

    Welcome to the 1950s! Whitbread brewery in London was once the biggest brewery in the world. However by the 1950s its decline had begun. Their Double Brown is a true post-war British beer: dark, with some roasted malt character, but Read More

    1955 Double Brown Ale

    1832 XXXX Mild Ale

    This 1832 Mild Ale was the first beer we brewed in our Once Upon A Time series. February 27th, 1832 was a London XXXX Mild Ale first brewed on Brick Lane at the Truman brewery. It is a 10.5% alcohol Read More

    1832 XXXX Mild Ale

    1901 KK

    Beer Style: KK Hop Variety: Kent Goldings, Bramling Cross Malt Variety: Pale Malt ABV: 7.8% IBUs: 100 Color: Black On November 15th, 1901, a brewer at Whitbread’s Brewery in London made a KK beer: black, dry, hoppy, but with no roasted malts. Read More

    1901 KK

    1855 East India Porter

    Beer Style: Porter Hop Variety: Kent Goldings, Spalt Malt Variety: Brown, Pale ABV: 6% IBUs: 93 Color: Black In early 2011, we once again teamed up with Ron Pattinson (our very favorite brewing Historian), to recreate a beer from history. Ron’s “afflict Read More

    1855 East India Porter

    X Ales:
    1838 & 1945

    Our new releases in March 2012! Two X Ales from the same London brewery, 107 years apart: these beers were brewed and sold as the “same beer”. But they weren’t the same beer at all! This side-by-side release allows you Read More

    X Ales: <br /> 1838 & 1945

    East India Pale Ale

    EAST INDIA PALE ALE, 1879, YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND:  Here’s the new one!  We couldn’t help but want to brew a proper period version of the beer that started the craft beer movement here in the US and Ron came up with Read More

    East India Pale Ale

    1939 No. 1 Ale

    As you may have heard, we here at PTB&AP are really fascinated by brewing history.  We enjoy dreaming about breweries from back when breweries were breweries: old brick buildings that took up acres of city real estate, loaded with copper, Read More

    1939 No. 1 Ale

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    A Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

    Greetings time traveler! Once Upon a Time is the historical alter ego of Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project based in Somerville, Massachusetts. In severe contrast to our creative offerings such as Jack D’Or and Baby Tree, the OUAT series is a strict and unadulterated return to flavours of long ago.

    Our historical projects begin by working with brewing historians such as our present collaborator: Ron Pattinson, a resident of Amsterdam. Ron provides us with brewsheets and insight from breweries often long shuttered. These sheets are the actual records written in the brewer’s hand at the moment he was brewing a batch of beer. This allows us to reach through the mists of time and pick up exactly where they left off.

    We do not interpret or attempt to commercialize these beers in any manner. In fact you have our pledge that if history presents us with a less-than-desirable beer, you will taste this beer as it was. That’s our unique commitment to you.

    Why do we do this? We do this because no one else does. We do this because despite the fact that beer played a much more significant role in our cultures years ago, we’re still unclear of what it actually tasted like. This is of significant interest to us and hopefully you too.

    Ron Pattinson

    Ron Pattinson is a beer historian based out of Amsterdam. It is thanks to Ron that this Project exists: without his research and knowledge, you’d just have a bunch of stupid interpretations of history. Because of Ron, you can taste history properly, as it was intended to be drunk. Cheers!

    Here is Ron’s Blog!

    View some of Ron Pattinson’s books


    Brewer’s tales