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Five Urban Legends of American Beer History

Posted by Bob Skilnik on March 2, 2007

As I was doing research for Beer & Food: An American History, I had the opportunity to delve deeper into the history — the development — of American beer. In 2003, I had written a article for the Chicago Tribune’s ‘Good Eating’ section that touched on the ever-changing character of our beer, but there is only so much to say in a 1000-word article. The book gave me a chance to take a second look at our favorite drink.

But why did it change? Best answer? Read the book, but take a look too at this press release for a short over view.



One Response to “Five Urban Legends of American Beer History”

  1. Bob said

    Add one more: April 7, 1933 is end of Prohibition in the U.S.

    While beer with an alcoholic strength of 3.2% or less by weight came back on April, 1933, the full resumption of brewing of all beers, plus hard liquor and wines, came back on December 5, 1933 with the passage of the 21st Amendment.

    No matter how you spin April 7, 1933, you still have to contend with that other annoying date of December 5 and the passage of the Repeal (21st) Amendment to the U.S. Consititution.

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