I was fascinated to learn that, while bigg gave a significantly lower yield than barley when used in brewing, there was almost no differnce when used for making whisky.
But I don't want to discuss bigg, however intriguing it might be, today. As you may have twigged from the title, Scottish beer exports to England are the theme. No, don't thank me. It's my duty to throw a few handfulls of numbers into your faces a few times a week.
As you can see, Scottish exports got off to a slow start, only once exceeding 1,000 barrels in the 18th century. Ten years into the 19th century, and they were around 10,000 barrels a year. Still not enormous, but a nice source of extra income for the brewers involved.
It's handy that separate figures are given for Ale, Beer and Porter. Because it's clear how the Scottish niche became Ale after 1810. That fits in with William Younger shipping his Edinburgh Ale to London. It's a pity the figures don't continue further into the 19th century. I would expect that the quantity of Ale sent to England continued to increase.
Here's the table:
|Scottish beer exports to England 1785 - 1820 (barrels)|
|year||Ale||Beer||Porter||total number of barrels exported from Scotland to England||number of barrels returned to England, not inclded in the preceding columns|
|"Report from the Select Committee on Petitions Complaining of the Additional Duty on Malt in Scotland", 1821, page 87. part of "Selection of reports and papers of the House of Commons, Volume 15: Malting, Brewing and Distillation"|