Samuel Whitbread, Porters and water
Posted by Caroline on August 17, 1998 at 14:51:37:
In response to Kegger at Bob's!, written by Bob Whitworth on August 16, 1998 at 00:30:11
This is all a bit off-topic, but I thought some of you might be interested, anyway.
1. All this vast quantity of Beer was for local consumption. Unpreserved beer has a short life-span( as I'm sure you don't need to be told) and also has to be moved fairly gently. Other towns wouldn't have had London Beer, they would have had their own brands.
2.Sam Whitbread's steam engines were a "London Attraction"and got very famous. I have a feeling that the Whitbread company have the machine still, but I have not been able to find out for sure if this is so, and if it is available to the public. If anyone has further info on this, I'd love to have it.
3.The traditional 'good water' for British Beer is "hard" water. London's water certainly fits into this category. The modern industry has concentrations around Burton-on-Trent for precisely this reason.
Bob, I always wondered how "Porter" got it's name!
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