I’ve been of late flipping through my 1985 edition of Brian Glover’s CAMRA Dictionary of Beer, occasionally with some amusement, but mostly with a fair dose of nostalgia. Witness, for example, the following (emphasis my own):
High Gravity Brewing: A modern development aimed at economising on brewery plant and material handling costs. Very strong beer is brewed and this is then watered down to the desired gravity when it is put into casks. Many brewers have experimented with this idea but have often been disappointed with the flavour of the resulting beer. Not at present in widespread use.
If only, eh? Check back in the days to come for more such entries.