Brewing technical journals are a great source of them. I've spent many a happy hour collecting numbers from all sorts of trade journals in multiple languages. Though mostly in English or German. So I was delighted to be pointed in the direction of a Polish trade magazine by Gary Gillman, who wanted some help with a table heading.
A heading in the table below. The one for the last column, which shows hops usage in thousands of zentners (50 kg). I couldn't help posting about it, as it tells us quite a lot.
It doesn't surprise me that the UK and Ireland were the heaviest hoppers, with the latter topping the last. Why did Ireland come out so high? Because most of the beer brewed there was Stout. A beer which was both quite strong and heavily hopped. The UK average rate was double, and Ireland's triple, that of Continental Europe. That's a pretty big difference.
Between them, the UK and Ireland were using over 30% of the world's hops. Mightily impressive, but down from the late 19th century when the two countries consumed over 50% of the world's supply.
No shock either that Czechoslovakia led the pack in Continental Europe. Followed by other bits of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Elsewhere in the world, bits of another empire scored highly - the British Empire. With Australia & New Zealand just a little behind the UK. As was India. Which I can understand, what with the climate there. You'd want plenty of hops to prevent infection. I was a bit surprised at the high rate in Canada, which I would have expected to be more in line with the USA.
|Hops worldwide in 1935|
|Country||beer production 1935 hl||hops gm/hl||hop usage in 1,000 zentner|
|Austria & Hungary||2,484,000||260||12,917|
|Belgium & Luxembourg||13,913,000||225||62,608|
|Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland||551,000||275||3,031|
|Roumania and Yugoslavia||666,000||300||3,996|
|Italy, Spain & Portugal||1,158,000||250||5,790|
|Australia & New Zealand||3,109,000||450||27,981|
|* no specific consumption data available.|
|Przegląd Piwowarsko-Słodowniczy: organ Związku Piwowarów w Polsce 1936 wrzesień R.2 Nr3|