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American Beers and Prohibition


Pat McMackin asks,

I know American beers are lighter today than before Prohibition, but are there records of the recipes used before all these changes? I look at labels on some of the bottles in my collection and see that some breweries claim to be more than 100 years old. I just wonder how much better the beer might have been, say when Pabst was first started in 1844.


 American beers, pre and post-Prohibition.  The Wiz knows...

Response by Ashton Lewis.