Anchor Brewing San Francisco Founded: 1896 Current rank: 32 How it survived Prohibition: Shut down for duration. How it survives today: Fritz Maytag’s legacy. Anheuser-Busch St. Louis Founded: 1852 Current rank: 1 How it survived Prohibition: Grape soda, ginger ale, carbonated coffee. How it survives today: Resistance is futile. Cold Springs (formerly Gluek) Cold Springs,... View Article
Full Pints - History Yesterday’s Breweries Have Become Tomorrow’s March 1, 2012 - Don Russell
“Brewing since 1907.” For an industry that spends millions to emphasize the freshness of its product, there’s still some attention to be paid to dusty, sepia-shaded history. “Made in San Francisco since 1896.” It takes some looking, but if you shuffle through the cooler at your local beer store you’ll find labels that proudly boast... View Article
Full Pints - History The German Beer Garden Tradition Experiences A Resurgence September 5, 2011 - John Holl
Just out of the subway and trudging through freshly fallen snow, my sights were set on Radegast Hall and Biergarten in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. Fighting against a bracing wind, I focused on what I thought lay ahead of me: liters of lager brought to tables in bunches by—perhaps—a kind woman in a dirndl, in the... View Article
Full Pints - History Trekking Beer Through Religion September 1, 2011 - Matt Stinchfield
Most of us have had a beer so good that drinking it was “like a religious experience.” But when was the last time you were served a bowl of murky grog at church? Early people from Mesopotamia to Mesoamerica celebrated everything with beer—from their daily prayers and good harvests to human sacrifice and their gods.