The Beer That Made America – Wall Street Journal

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“Beer,” Benjamin Franklin is said to have quipped, “is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Today, beer is also​the carbonated motor in a quarter-trillion-dollar American industry, second only to water and soft drinks in popularity. But it isn’t just another beverage: Beer has played a crucial role throughout U.S. history, tracing the country’s evolution along the way.

In New England, the dark English ales brought over by the Puritans helped to put the colony on the map—quite literally. In September 1620,…

The Beer That Made America – Wall Street Journal