There's one big surprise in this table. See if you can spot it:
|Estimated beer output in Ireland, year ending October 1849|
|Collections||Bushels of malt consumed||estimated output (barrels)||% of output|
|"Statistics of British commerce" by Braithwaite Poole, 1852, page 5.|
Unsurprisingly, Dublin comes out on top. Guinness had already started its ascent to world mega-stardom. And Cork, whose two large Porter breweries were almost as famous as Guinness.
But look at Belfast. Producing just over 20,000 barrels of beer. That's shockingly low, considering its size. And that it was the only Irish town to have industrialised. I wonder why that is? Were they imposting beer from England or Scotland?
There's one last part coming up. Where I compare the three countries: England, Scotland and Ireland.