I've only a few holes to fill in the late 1930's and early 1940's (can't imagine there was much exporting going on then) and I'll have most of the 20th century up to the 1980's. Pretty impressive, eh? Not sure what I'll ever do with the information, other than bother you lot.
Here's the table:
|British Beer exports 1890 - 1932 (standard barrels)|
|Irish Free State||28,007||36,549||40,135||37,884||38,073||38,740||43,271||41,208||36,878||34,995|
|Malta & Gozo||20,390||22,932||12,849||13,219||16,406||16,825||20,390||22,932||23,036||18,822||22,256||19,982||15,011||14,335||6,262|
|British S. Africa||25,582||31,446||5,937||5,253||464||3,302|
|British W. Africa||10,640||6,830||5,193||2,480||1,497||2,250||4,000||5,530||6,373||8,298||8,176||6,627||8,854|
|Brit. West India Islands||26,882||18,794||21,726||21,901||5,161||13,688||6,517||9,510||12,190||12,064||12,544||14,484||15,144||18,865||19,979||19,436||14,364||12,546|
|Brewers' Almanack 1928, page 115, Brewers' Journal 1921, page 24, Brewers' Journal 1923, page 26, Brewers' Journal 1925, page 27, Brewers' Journal 1927, page 28, Brewers' Journal 1928, page 29, Brewers' Journal 1929, page 30, Brewers' Journal 1931, page 34, Brewers' Journal 1933, page 41|
A bit of a monster, I know. That's why I've included an image, too. For those who have narrow screens.
A few long-term trends are apparent. The total collapse of the trade to South Africa and Australia just after WW II is the most obvious. Unsurprisingly, there were no exports to the USA in the 1920's. Though you have to be suspicious about all that beer sent to Cuba in 1920. Could that really have been for the locals?
I was surprised that the Indian trade held up as well as it did. It eventaully recovered to about 60-70% of the 1913 volume. That's proportionally better than average, as total export volumes were about halved.
I really wish I had the figures for pre-war expoprts to Belgium. There must have been some, though I suspect on nothing like the later scale. From nowhere it became the biggest recipient of British beer. Many British brewers made beer specially for the Belgian market, usually brewed at something close to pre-war strength.
The British West Indies took relatively small but steady amounts of British beer. Longterm, it was one of the most stable export markets. Presumably because of the slow development of local breweries.
And finally one other significant new market devloped in the 1920's: the Irish Free State as it was sos quaintly called back then. Beer had always been sent there, it just hadn't counted as a foreign country. The impact of Irish independence was far greater on imports. Of the 1,349,515 barrels imported into the UK in 1927, all but 20,000 came from Ireland*. The vast majority of it was Guinness.
* Brewers' Almanack 1928, page 115.