One of the reasons I love its articles so much are all the tables. I'm a total sucker for tables, as you may have noticed. The more numbers the better, as far as I'm concerned.
I've collected all sorts of different numbers, but never any related to the quantities grown of each different type of hop. I find it fascinating, probably because it's new to me.
Five types of hop together accounted for around 85% of production: Goldings, Fuggle, Northdown, Challenger and Target. It's a good demonstration of the perennial popularity of Goldings and Fuggle, which have both been around for well over 100 years.
I must see if I can dig out similar figures for a more recent period. I'm sure that Goldings and Fuggle would still be popular, but I suspect that there would have been a lot of changes amongst the other varieties. If only becasue this is just when the industry went into a tailspin, with output falling to unheard levels. The greatest quantity of hops produced in any year since 1984 was 104,000 cwt.
Because the original figures were given in pockets, ot's not possible to translate them precisely to a weight. A pocket holds between 1.5 and 2 cwt., depending on the type of hop and how it's been packed. So it's hard to check if the figures are for the complete hop crop. To cross check, here are the actual production figures:
|UK hop production|
|Statistical Handbook of the British Beer and Pub Association 2011, page 20.|
It's clear that if the figures aren't for the whole crop, it's very close to being all of it.
|UK hop production by variety 1984-1986|
|Weights calculated from pockets assuming 1.5 cwt per pocket|
|* Provisional figures|
|Journal of the Institute of Brewing, Volume 93, Issue 3, May-June 1987, page 209.|
More, tables, I know. Don't worry, I'm sure it's just a phase I'm going through.