And before you say anything, yes I know that not all of the countries I've listed were in the EU at the time. And that the EU didn't exist until 1993.
In 1975 the vast majority of British beer exports were headed for Belgium. at the time several British brewers, Whitbread, for example, had a considerable presence in Belgium. Whitbread even had a bottling store in Brussels.
But exports to Belgium suddenly fall off a cliff at the beginning og the 1980's and have never recovered. Why was that? Did some British brewers pull out of the Belgian market? Or were the beers being brewed locally? I believe production of things like Watney's Scotch Ale was moved to Belgium.
The only two other counties to which significant amounts of British beer weere being exported were Germany and France. A note at the bottom of the table reveals the probable destination of much of the beer bound for Germany:
"The figures do not include Ship's Stores for use on the exporting vessel, but stores for NAAFI and similar organisations abroad are included."The NAAFI runs shops and bars for British servicemen. At this time there were still large numbers of British troops stationed in West Germany.
|UK exports to the European Union 1975 - 1984 (thousands of barrels)|
|Belgium & Luxembourg||226.2||212.9||179.1||182.0||193.8||166.4||130.9||92.6||85.3||87.3|
|Statistical Handbook 1978, page 13.|
|Statistical Handbook 1985, page 10.|
|Statistical Handbook 1988, page 9.|