|Irish beer statistics 1937 - 1949|
|Year||Production std. barrels||Production bulk barrels||Imports std. barrels||Exports std. barrels||Imports bulk barrels||Exports bulk barrels||average OG|
|Brewers' Almanack 1955, p.107-110.|
|Import and Export bulk barrels calculated from standard barrels and average OG.|
This fall meant that in 1944 and 1945 more than 50% of Irish beer was consumed domestically. The figures for Irish domestic beer consumption got me thinking. Especially after reading recently about the inner Irish border. These figures are derived from the ones in the other table.
|Irish domestic beer consumption 1937 - 1949|
|Year||std. barrels||bulk barrels|
I’m concentrating on the bulk barrels figure, because that’s how much people were actually drinking. After pootling along a little under 700,000 barrels a year, it suddenly jumps up to almost 1 million barrels in 1945. That’s an increase of almost 50% on the pre-war level. Did the Irish really suddenly start drinking that much more in the middle of the war?
The border between the two parts of Ireland is notoriously difficult to control. It’s fairly random, never having been intended to be an international border and has dozens of tiny roads that cross it. Was that beer really being drunk in the South, or was some being smuggled into Northern Ireland?