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Considering the length of time they survived with essentially the same meaning, it's surprising how much confusion the general classifications of British beeer have caused.
We like to think of the modern world as a much more orderly place than that the 18th century.
By the end of the century, Whitbread had taken the lead and broken the 300,000 hl barrier.Just a shame it's mostly been so badly interpreted.There were some major technological advances in 18th century British brewing: In the second half of the 18th century brewing began to be operated on an industrial scale in London.The main subdivision was on the colour of the malt used: Source: London And Country Brewer 1736, page 42, recommended quantites malt for 1 barrel (36 gallons) of beer Notes: Yield per bushel my estimate. Whilst ales had also adopted the use of hops, the quantity used was so much smaller as to make them readily distiguishable from heavily-hopped beers.In general, beers were hopped at about 4 times the rate of the corresponding ale: Source: "London & Country Brewer", 1736, p.73: Notes: It's clear that the Pale Ale described here has little in Common with that of the 19th century.