I don't harvest numbers as aggressively as I once did. Partly because I've already netted many of the relevant ones.
Those I found today, probably don't sound so impressive. UK imports in terms of standard barrels*. I already had the bulk barrel numbers. Which is just the straight volume. Combined, however, they let me calculate the average OG of beer imported into the UK. Which was remarkably constant at a shade under 1053º.
No surprise there. As the vast majority came from Ireland in the form of Guinness Extra Stout. Which, at the time, was 1055º. Other imports were overwhelmingly continental Lager. Logically, that must have been weaker than Guinness to get the average OG down.
Looking at the ludicrous number of beer analyses I have, I see that one import, Carlsberg Pilsener, was just 1045º.
The past was such a different place.
But at least they still had our friends numbers to guide us.
|UK beer imports 1930 - 1939|
|Year||bulk barrels||standard barrels||Average OG imports||Average OG UK beer|
|Brewers' Almanack 1955, p. 50.|
|Brewers' Journal 1940, page 51 (published January 17th, 1940).|
* As explained yesterday, 36 gallons with an OG of 1055º.