I just want to thank all of you beer brewing pioneers out there, whipping up new brews at home, constantly challenging old recipes and ideals. Without people like you, America’s craft brew scene, as we know it, might not even exist.
Back in 1978, when Jimmy Carter amended the post-Prohibition law which had prohibited the making of beer at home (wine, for the record, was already legal to make), each household gained the right to make up to 200 gallons of tax-free beer per year.
Now, more than 90% of the small breweries in America are said to have their roots in home brewing. Who knew such a simple and pleasing pastime could have changed the face of American beer? If that’s not something to drink to, I don’t know what is. Think I’ll pop over to the keg for a Flying Bison Blackbird Stout this afternoon, and celebrate all that is American craft beer.
Cheers, and keep on brewing!
[techtags:HOME BREWING, CRAFT BEER, MICROBREW, FLYING BISON, JIMMY CARTER, POST-PROHIBITION, BEER BREWING]