The Irish brewing industry, c. 1780-1930: an archaeology

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From the late-18th to the early 20th centuries, the Irish brewing industry underwent an extended process of transformation. This extended period saw the early industrialisation of several Irish breweries in the late-18th and early 19th centuries. This was followed by the continued concentration of the industry towards ever greater units of production in the 19th century and the rise of Guinness, in particular from the 1830s on, a brewery that had expanded to become both the most-substantial industrial concern in Ireland and the world’s most-productive brewery before the close of the 19th century. The process of transformation that the industry witnessed during the extended period under consideration laid the foundations for the makeup of the Irish brewing industry today, where the bulk of production is confined to one truly international-scale brewery. While previous histories have aimed to further our knowledge on the various factors that led to this transformation, they have been somewhat limited in their scope. This is owing to the relatively under-studied nature of many of the breweries that produced in Ireland during the period. This thesis, which is grounded in the discipline of industrial archaeology, is intended to fill many of the considerable gaps in our knowledge of the industry’s development during an extended timeframe that was key in Ireland’s wider economic, industrial, social and political development.
Archaeology , Industrial archaeology
Harris, C. 2020. The Irish brewing industry, c. 1780-1930: an archaeology. PhD Thesis, University College Cork.
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