In most cases the port of destination was in Northern Europe. The beer coming from Copenhagen and Christiania must have been Danish. With the others, it’s a bit more guesswork. That coming from Hamburg and Bremen was probably German.
Where the port was in Belgium or Holland, things are much less certain. I’m sure some being shipped from Amsterdam and Rotterdam was Dutch. But I’m sure some was also German. As Belgium had no great reputation for beer, the chances are that most, or all, of the beer coming through Antwerp and Ostend was German.
It’s interesting how much was being imported through the Clyde, which was presumably intended for the Scottish market. Perhaps a sign of the early popularity of Lager in Scotland. And the links between Carlsberg and William Younger, given that more than 50% of the beer coming from Denmark was landed on the Clyde.
|UK beer imports in 1897|
|From||London, pkgs.||Liverpool, pkge.||Hull pkgs.||Harwich, pkgs.||O. E. Ports, pkgs.||Dublin. pkgs.||Clyde. &c. pkgs.||Total, pkgs.||%|
|Brewers' Journal 1898, page 64.|