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 low body due to the use of completely fermentable brewing caramels, a practice that continues to be a hallmark of British dark ale brewing today. At 5.1% abv, the beer showed that the supply chain for raw materials in post-war Britain was easing, although rationing had only ended in 1954. (This is in reference to one of our previous recreations, a Mild ale from 1945 which was 2.8% abv largely due to barley shortages). This beer is another easy-drinking cracker, which takes you right back to 1950s London and plonks you on a wooden chair in a London pub.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I’m really pleased to say that our friend Ron Pattinson’s latest book is now available at Amazon and it’s pretty spiffy. ”The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer” in some ways is his first real book. His usual self-published books … Read More
The Younger Centuries by David Keir, Printed for William Younger & Co. Ltd. by McLagan & Cumming Ltd., Edinburgh, 1951, 110 pages Welcome to you reader. For a while I’ve been looking for ways to bring more content to our … Read More
Have you heard? Have you heard correctly? Well hear ye now – FOUR different Once Upon A Time beers are being released next week. Before I get into the specifics about the beers, please let me tell you about … Read More
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 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!