WARTIME limits on beer production were imposed in March 1942, requiring breweries to reduce their output to two-thirds of previous levels. The resulting beer shortages led to widespread profiteering and black-marketing… Although wartime restrictions on beer production were lifted in March 1946, it took many years for the breweries to recover. Beer shortages persisted well into the 1950s, caused by delays in repairing or replacing worn-out equipment, and by continuing raw materials and labour shortages.
– Courtesy: Brews News
BEER JOKE Wollongong: Members of the S.C. Branch of the U.L.V.A. have been chuckling amongst themselves over a neat joke played on a well known licensee a couple of weeks ago. Beer is generally short on Monday mornings — in fact, is non-existent at most hotels. On Monday morning, this particular licensee received a phone message to the effect there was an eighteen gallon keg of beer at the Showground. It was a ‘left-over’ from a footballers’ do, he was told. Post-haste, a truck was despatched to collect the keg. It was delivered, placed in the cellar and connected.’The beer’s on,’ the licensee told some thirsty souls at the bar. He drew a schooner, but it appeared mostly froth, so he drew another. Still puzzled, he tasted it — It was Ginger Beer.
– Illawarra Mercury Thursday 1 July 1948.
DURING the second world war in Sydney many drinkers were left to enjoy their beer by candlelight at their regular watering holes – how romantic!
GLASSES BOTH FOR BEER – AND CANDLES
Because of the electricity rationing in Sydney, a new use was found for empty bottles and glasses at this hotel bar. The barmaids used them to hold candles.
– Newcastle Morning Herald Thursday 18 October 1945.
CANDLES SERVE IN BLACKOUTS.
Power failed in the King’s Cross area last night. Here a barmaid is serving beer by the light of two candles at the Gladstone Hotel, William Street.
– The Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday 17 May 1949.
WOMEN ARE allowed to drink in the public bar of the Regent Hotel, Sydney, when men are not claiming bar space. Regent is probably the only city hotel in Australia where public bar is open to women. They come in off-peak hours – 10am until about 4pm – but not on Saturday. So far no trouble has been reported in the bar. Women seem to drink less paying their way at the bar than they do when trying to keep up with men folk it lounge two and foursomes. Men behave better when women are present, keep their language under control and don’t get tipsy.
– Northern Times (Carnarvon, WA) Friday 15 November 1946.