Ever wondered why British lager is usually so much weaker than it is in the rest of Europe? This might help explain it.
"In accordance with the announcement made in the House of Commons by the Minister of Food on March 24th, 1947, arrangements have been made for the importation of beer under individual licence from Continental countries. The maximum gravity permitted will be 1036 degrees (before fermentation). Importation will not be confined to pre-war importers and there will be no restriction on quantities.
"Re-exports will not be permitted except for ships' and aircraft stores. Importation for such re-export will not be restricted to a maximum gravity of 1036 degrees and separate applications for import licences should be submitted."
"The Brewing Trade Review 1947" page 367
Take a look at the table of Lagers below. See how the strength of Carlsberg sold in Britain fell between 1939 and 1950.
Heineken brewed a beer especially for the British market. The Pils they sold everywhere else had an OG of around 1048º and was 4.7% ABV. For Britain, it was 1032º and 3% ABV.
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