Gustav Stresemann's dissertation sheds light on the situation of the bottled beer trade, starting with the emergence of the bottled beer business in the second half of the 19th century. The author presents detailed tables on the output of the breweries from 1860 to 1895. He also provides concrete data for the sales of bottled beer of individual Berlin breweries. Stresemann surveyed the situation of beer publishers/bottled beer shops by means of questionnaires in 46 Berlin shops.
Gustav Stresemann, son of a Berlin beer merchant, advanced as a politician of the German People's Party to become Chancellor of the Reich (1923). He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1926 for his work as foreign minister of the following governments.