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One of the things I like most about old brewing trade magazines are the statistics. as you're probably aware if you've been reading this blog for more than five minutes.

There were still an awful lot of breweries in the UK in 1889, though the number was falling quite quickly, by a few hundred every year in the 1880s.

The vast majority were tiny: almost 85% produced fewer than 1,000 standard barrels a year. And most were brewing well under 1,000 barrels. According to my calculations, around 200 barrels on average. Most were pub breweries, which were still very common in some parts of the country, for example the Black country and some of Yorkshire.

Only 34 breweries produced more than 100,000 barrels and only 13 more than 250,000 barrels. That last group was dominated by London and Burton breweries. There was one exception to that. The biggest of them all was Guinness in Dublin. Which is one of the breweries producing over 1 million barrels a year, along with Bass.

I've derived some more fascinating stuff from these numbers. There's something for you to look forward to.



Breweries, brewers licences and duty in 1889


standard barrels brewed
no. of licences issued
malt & corn
sugar
licence and beer duty paid £ s. d.


Under 1,000
10,745
173,745,474
4,169,363
624,651 4 6


1,000 and under 10,000
1,479
417,818,604
39,255,092
1,696,936 6 9


10,000 ,, 10,000
173
292,992,588
28,475,977
1,208,450 17 2


20,000 ,, 30,000
108
196,808,640
22,169,185
825,118 6 10


30,000 ,, 50,000
69
196,776,174
21,642,129
829,915 18 9


50,000 ,, 100,000
48
235,197,816
29,098,953
1,005,725 10 0


100,000 ,, 150,000
13
114,611,700
11,787,908
481,871 8 9


150,000 ,, 200,000
5
64,293,936
5,363,026
264,639 1 3


100,000 ,, 250,000
3
50,602,356
4,164,597
204,895 16 3


250,000 ,, 300,000
3
53,940,222
10,621,244
255,527 13 9


300,000 ,, 350,000
1
22,595,664
3,450,563
101,521 0 0


350,000 ,, 400,000
3
90,048,672
7,043,171
361,118 12 6


400,000 ,, 450,000
1
30,874,368
5,932,856
139,523 16 3


450,000 ,, 500,000
1
40,291,440
1,337,408
153,039 1 6


500,000 ,, 550,000
1
36,925,224
5,876,304
166,904 8 9


550,000 ,, 600,000
1
50,563,212
973,297
185,244 10 0


600,000 ,, 1,000,000






1,000,000 and over
2
214,186,140
1,416,548
818,087 5 0


Total
12,756
2,282,276,850
202,800,021
9,323,170 19 0


Source:


"The Brewers' Guardian 1890", 1890, page 322.





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