As you should have guessed from the title, these statistics are for Belgian brewing. Let's see what they tell us.
Belgium had a shitload of breweries between the wars. 1,631 might sound impressive, but that's way down on before WW I. Back then there were more than 3,300. It was the war that did for many of them. The Germans knicked most copper vessels to make munitions and many small breweries simply never reopened. I guess many didn't have the capital to replace the equipment.
The effect of the Wall Street Crash and the recession which followed it is clear to read in the production figures. With a steep decline after 1931. A drop in sales seems to have reversed the trend in output per brewery increasing. An average of around 10,000 hl is very low. If you look in the second table, you'll see that in the UK the average was almost treble that.
The trends in the UK were very similar to in Belgium - really bad sales in 1932 and 1933, with a slight improvement in 1934. You can see that a high percentage of the beer imported into Belgium came from the UK.
|Belgian brewing 1929 - 1935|
|year||number of breweries||production in 1000 hl.||imports 1000 hl.||exports 1000 hl.||consumption in 1000 hl.||output per brewery hl|
|Przegląd Piwowarsko-Słodowniczy: organ Związku Piwowarów w Polsce 1936 wrzesień R.2 Nr3, page 67.|
|UK brewing 1930 - 1935|
|year||number of breweries||production hl.||output per brewery hl||exports to Belgium hl|
|Brewers' Almanack 1955 p.68|
|Brewers' Almanack 1955, p. 50|
|BBPA Statistical Handbook 2003, p. 92|
|Brewers' Almanack 1955, page 57.|