The figures confirm what was seen at George Younger: exports to Australia were greatly reduced after WW I. They dropped from almost 90,000 barrels in 1913 to just 15,000 in 1920. I think we can guess what happened. When British beer became unavailable due to the war, Australian-brewed beer replaced it. After the war a large part of British beer's market was gone forever.
Browsing through the other figures, I was surprised to see how much beer was still being shipped to India. And, while the absolute quantity might have declined post-war, the percentage of exports that went to India remained constant, at around 15%.
Also telling are the countries selected for individual inclusion. All were part of the British Empire. While these accounted for 44% of exports in 1913, in 1920 it was just 33%. Looks as if the market for British beer was moving away from the Empire.Which is reflected in a change in the countries included in the Brewers' Journal table during 1921. Belgium and France were added.
|British Beer exports 1913 - 1920|
|British S. Africa||3,302||464||5,253||0.85%||0.20%||0.80%|
|Brit. West India Islands||13,688||5,161||21,901||3.51%||2.23%||3.34%|
|Brewers' Journal 1921, page 24|
I'll be coming back to exports. I've just noticed how many untabulated figures I have knocking around. I must knock them into tables.