It's called ""De Nederlandse Brouwindustrie in Cijfers" ("The Dutch brewing industry in numbers") and is stiffed full of useful numbers, including ones covering the war years. Providing me with so much information, I'm contemplating ripping the section on Dutch brewing oit and making it a separate volume. "Blutzkrieg! Vol, 3", I suppose.
Here's the first bit I've written using the new data.
Compared to the devastating effect of WW I on Belgian brewing – when hundreds of breweries were stripped of their copper by the Germans and never reopened – Holland didn’t fare too badly. Breweries weren’t looted and continued to brew until the raw materials ran out.
Only 16 breweries – all very small – closed during the war years. Compared to 36 in the first nine years of peace. The closure in 1949 if a brewery which was responsible for 5.3% of Dutch beer output has to be van Vollenhoven. It accounted for over half the production capacity lost between 1938 and 1954.
|Dutch breweries 1938 - 1954|
|year||working breweries||closed during the year||cumulative total of closed breweries||production share of closed breweries||cumulative total of closed breweries|
|De Nederlandse Brouwindustrie in Cijfers, by Dr. H. Hoelen, Centraal Brouwerij Kantoor, 1955, page 15, held at the Amsterdam City Archives.|