What would a graph of UK breweries look like, I thought. No need to wonder, when you can bash up a graph in a few minutes. Thinking more deeply, I need more than one graph.
First, the total number of breweries.
Looks like a pretty catstrophic decline, doesn't it? But it's distorted by the large number of pub breweries. Splitting out the pub breweries, which made up all but a handful of the breweries producing less than 1,000 barrels annually, we get this:
You can see that the vast majority of the decrease was among pub breweries.
Looking just at breweries producing more than 1,000 barrels a year we see something very different:
You can see that the number of larger breweries was still increasing in the 1870's. This is the graph that should really compared with Craig's.
And finally, here's the raw data:
|Number of UK breweries|
|1928 Brewers' Almanack, page 118.|