I've got the weekly production numbers here for a whole bunch of regions in Victoria. It's a real luxury to have this kind of information because we're relying so heavily on newspapers rather than official reports. This is from 1863, well into the gold-rush and the population of the colony had grown from 76,000 to over 500,000 in the previous 12 years.
|Talbot, Carisbrook, Daylesford, Lamplough||250||612.5|
|Inglewood, Newbridge, Loddon, Rushworth||125||306.25|
|Kyneton, Gisborne, Malmesbury, Kilmore||90||220.5|
|Portland, Warrnambool, Port Fairy||125||306.25|
I guess all those miners were a thirsty lot. Over 1,000,000L a week! And that's not counting all the imported beer and ale which were really taking off in Victoria at this stage.
The brewers were brewing ale and porter and Thomas Moulden, the author, notes that the brewers in Bendigo tended to brew stronger ale than in the other regions.