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Posts by Jess Bauer

The Close Connection Between Beer and War

Stories from the front…and WWII’s influence on beer trends   Joe Willis needed something to drink.   The paratrooper had taken shrapnel in both legs while fighting as a member of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division to hold off a relentless German attack. Now, laying in a Belgian church that had been converted to…

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Myth: Prohibition Killed Local Breweries

Many people assume that Prohibition was responsible for the demise of the local breweries. Of course, during Prohibition the number of legal breweries in the country fell to zero, but the decline actually started 45 years before national Prohibition took effect. The chart above shows the decline in the number of breweries from the 19th…

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