hist-brewing: Beer: Ales? & Lagers?

bjm10 at cornell.edu bjm10 at cornell.edu
Fri Jan 9 07:18:31 PST 1998

On Thu, 8 Jan 1998, Henry Davis wrote:

> differently. Beer was the imported lowland drink utilizing hops, where
> English ale employed gruit. At various times during the post 1450

And then later, during the 18th century, in some areas of England, if not 
all, "ale" was generally used for stronger brews and "beer" for the 
weaker.  Thus, you had "keeping ale" but "small beer"--this usage was not 
universal, though.

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