A fascinating table today. Showing wonderfully the fragmentation of Germany on the eve of unification. And how much the density of breweries varied.
|Number of breweries per German state in 1865|
|no. breweries||male workers||workers per brewery||population||pop per brewery|
|Frankfurt am Main||97||379||3.91||87,500||902|
|Reuss, jüngere Linie||94||106||1.13||86,500||920|
|Reuss, ältere Linie||61||79||1.30||43,900||720|
|Grossherztogthum Hessen Oberhessen||352||103||0.29||252,400||717|
|Grossherztogthum Hessen Unterhessen||289||409||1.42||564,500||1,953|
|“Bericht über der Welt Ausstellung zu Paris im Jahre 1867, volume 7”, 1868, page 133. |
I find a couple of things amusing. Like Württemberg having more breweries per head of population than Bavaria. Or the most heavily-breweried states - Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha, Sachsen-Meiningen, Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt - all being in Thüringen (despite the Sachsen in two of their names.
419 breweries for 177,000 people. That's crazy. And it shows how far the USA has to go before being saturated with breweries. At least by 19th-century, central European standards.
In case you've forgotten, (and if your memory is as bad as mine you surely will have) in the same year Austria-Hungary had 3,138 breweries at a rate of one per 11,256 inhabitants. Or quite a way behind Germany. Today the situation is reversed, with Austria having more breweries per head than Germany. (Austria has 170 breweries at a rate of one per 48,087 inhabitants. Germany has 1,259 breweries at a rate of one per 66,468 inhabitants. I include the numbers as I assume many of you aren't sufficiently motivated to follow that link.)
I'm starting to enjoy these old stats. That's a threat.