We're looking at a final set of three Austro-Hungarian provinces: Galicia, Silesia and Hungary and Siebenbergen, Funnily enough, these are also contiguous territories, amking up the bulk of the northeast of the Empire. But very different from each other in many ways. Galicia was predominantly Polish and Ukrainian speaking, Silesia was a mix of Germans and Czechs, while in Hungary and Siebenbergen Hungarian, Roumanian and Slovak were spoken, with odd clumps of German speakers scattered around.
So it shouldn't come as a shock that the gravity of the beer these provinces brewed was also diverse. But first some general comments. The three provinces combined produced 1,505,278 hl of beer, or 11.5% of the total for the Empire. Pretty pathetic when you realsie that between them they were home to 23.7 of the 40 million people living in the Empire in 1888. That's about 70%.
This table shows just how pathetically small beer output was per head. Apart from tiny Silesia:
|Beer output per head of population in 1888|
Here's the proper table:
|Austrian Beer output by º Balling in 1888 (hl)|
|º Balling||Galicia||%||Silesia||%||Hungary and Siebenbergen||%||Total||%|
|average output per brewery||4,071||6,956||5,578||6,767|
Starting with Galicia, here 10º is the most popular strength accounting for 37% of production. 11º follows closely on 34%, then 12º on 21%. In Silesia 11º is first with a 56% share, followed by 10º on 27% and 12º on 11%. Hungary is the oddest looking, with 13º having a 47% share, 12º 29% and 14º on 11%. Unsurprisingly, Silesia shows similar preferences to Bohemia and Moravia, provinces which share a modern country, the Czech Republic, with it. Not sure what to make of Galicia. Hungary just liked stronger beer.
Here's the final table, grouping the gravities together to match (approximately) Schankbier, Lagerbier, Märzen/Export and Bock.
|º Balling||Galicia||%||Silesia||%||Hungary and Siebenbergen||%|
|6 to 10||303,601||42.86%||84,685||27.67%||31,806||6.48%|
|11 to 12||387,967||54.77%||207,598||67.83%||179,906||36.65%|
|13 to 15||14,342||2.02%||13,151||4.30%||287,923||58.66%|
|16 to 22||2,463||0.348%||640||0.21%||196||0.04%|
What does it tell us? That Galicia produced a large percentage of the Empire's Bock. Otherwise they liked Schankbier and Lagerbier. It was a similar story in Silesia, with 95% of output in those two classes, but with a somewhat larger preference for the latter than Galicia. Whereas in Hungary Märzen/Export was far and away the most popular with Lagerbier a long way behind.
I'm still not quite done with my Austro-Hungarian number-wrangling. Bet you're glad to hear that.