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Beer History: German-American Brewers Before Prohibition Monuments, Beer, Stonehenge, Beer History, American Beer, Brewers, German Beer, Beer Garden, Local Brewery

While ostensibly German-style lagers dominate the bulk of the American beer landscape now, German brewers were a relatively late addition to the scene, arriving in large numbers only in the mid-19th century. But the successes of this often tight-knit community bred resentment and xenophobia from those whose forebears had arrived in the US in earlier waves of immigration—and that ill will helped to bring about Prohibition. But before we rush straight to 1920, a brief review is in order.

Michael Carr