I'm pulling together all sorts of tables for the book. Way to many, I'm sure many won't make the final cut. I just love numbers. I can't help clumping them together in tables. Like the one below.
It's a table - rather incomplete at the moment - that will feature in the introduction to chapter two. Just general info leading up to the real meat of the chapter, all the details about beer styles. Who knows how much of this stuff I'll include, Probably time will decide. When it's time to finish off the book, I'll stop adding material.
The first two chapters of the book are somewhere near completion. Chapter three is about half done and chapter four needs a lot of work. While I was checking just now I got distracted and started adding more material. It's like an addiction, really. Except one that's fun. There's an immense satisfaction in seeing a book start to take shape. Even it is a pretty ugly shape. A lot of tidying needs to be done.
Let's get back to the table. What does it tell us, other than how much beer was being brewed in any particular year? We can see the state of the British economy. The numbers begin low because the 1870's were one long economic depression in the UK. The 1890's were boom years for British brewing and you can see that in the numbers.
It's also clear that the econmic downturn hit Scotland harder than England. Because Scottish beer output increased more. After 1904, extra taxes imposed on the brewing industry affected the trade and caused output to fall.
|Beer production (standard barrels) 1882 - 1914|
|Brewers' Almanack 1928, page 109.|
|“A History of the Brewing Industry in Scotland” by Ian Donnachie, 1998, pages 147-148.|