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Ale and Porter

Of these articles an immense deal is consumed in London, as may be concluded from the following last Annual Returns:

Quantity of Porter brewed

Barclay, Perkins & Co. 281,484 340,560
Truman, Hanbury & Co. 168,756 185,412
Reid and Co. 157,061 168,962
Whitbread and Co. 151,887 151,107
Combe, Delafield & Co. 110,776 130,217
Henry Meux and Co. 124,468 118,481
Calvert and Co. 98,301 97,920
Goodwin and Co. 60,307 60,247
Elliot and Co. 54,176 52,161
Taylor and Co. 42,980 47,775
Cocks and Campbell 25,756 35,702


The quantity of Ale brewed by the six principal houses in London, between the 5th of July, 1817 and the 5th of July, 1818:

Stretton  & Co. 20,153
Wyatt and Co. 13,789
Charrington and Co. 13,151
Thomas Goding 10,750
Ball and Co. 8,062
Hale and Co. 5,887

Besides these there are numerous smaller breweries that supply the various private families, to an immense extent; and therefore the difficulty of getting at any precise statement as to the total quantity is obvious, though these facts show what an amazing number of gallons of these beverages must be annually consumed in and about the metropolis.

Source: Leigh's New Picture of London. Printed for Samuel Leigh, 18, Strand;
by W. Clowes, Northumberland Court. 1819