03 Jun '11, 9am

Beer (yes, beer) points the way toward a revitalized food system by @tomphilpott

Beer (yes, beer) points the way toward a revitalized food system by @tomphilpott

As recently as 1980, fewer than 50 gigantic brew facilities produced all of the beer consumed in the United States. Nearly all of it was horrible. Lovers of good beer were relegated to the tiny import section of the beer case, or to making their own. Today, there are more than 1,700 breweries in operation -- we've returned to the pre-Prohibition peak (granted, when the U.S. population was much smaller). What happened? Put simply, a critical mass of people got sick of drinking corporate swill. A home-brew revolution was launched, and some of those home brewers got really good at their craft and opened small breweries. As those small regional breweries flourished, the circle of people who enjoy a good beer widened -- drawing more craft brewers into the market. In 1980, the U.S. brew industry was the scandal of the beer world, its products universally scorned by beer aficiona...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/sustainable-food/2011-06-03-tom-phil...

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