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In 1900, Brooklyn alone had 48 breweries; by 1974 there were 44 in the entire US. Prohibition and the Great Depression had emasculated the industry; the survivors thrived on cost-cutting and marketing leaving American beer a pale, thin commodity. But Americans travelling abroad came back with new expectations. Homebrewing, legalised in 1978, created skilled amateurs with the itch to go pro. In 1976 Jack McAuliffe founded New Albion Brewing, the first microbrewery, and six years later Bert Grant opened the US’s first brewpub…



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