Noah’s provisions on the Ark included beer.
The oldest known written recipe is a formula for beer written on a clay tablet, part of an epic poem devoted to Ninkasi, the Sumerian goddess of beer.
The Mayflower lands at Plymouth Rock depositing the Pilgrims in Massachusetts (because they run out of beer).
Declaration of Independence is signed (many of the founding fathers including Washington and Jefferson were home brewers).
Soldiers in the revolutionary army received rations of a quart of beer a day.
Louis Pasteur publishes “Studies on Beer.”
1,816 breweries in America. Carrie Nation begins to get attention as an aggressive supporter of prohibition who used a hatchet to destroy saloons and their liquor.
The eighteenth amendment is passed outlawing the manufacture and consumption of alcohol. Prohibition begins.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) is elected president because of his promise to end Prohibition.
The legalization of beer takes effect via the twenty first amendment repealing the eighteenth. Power to regulate alcohol given to states and the three-tier system is created.
The beer can is introduced.
Large numbers of US beer drinkers are in the armed forces; introduction of cans allows beer to travel great distances.
There are 407 active breweries in the United States.
TV advertising creates a barrier to entry to all but national and super-regional brewers.
There are 229 active breweries in the United States.
There are 142 active breweries in the United States.
Miller Lite– the first light beer from a major beer company– is introduced by Philip Morris (owner of Miller Brewing Company).
The first microbrewery “New Albion” opens In California. (Note: it’s ahead of its time and does not survive.)
Homebrewing is legalized by the Federal government (Jimmy Carter signs it into law).
The top six breweries (Anheuser-Busch, Miller, Heileman, Stroh, Coors, and Pabst) control 92% of U. S. beer production.
44 brewing companies operate a total of 83 breweries.
Jim Koch launches Sam Adams. Three months later, it is voted best beer in the United States at the Great American Beer Festival.
Legal drinking age is raised to 21 in all 50 states.
Approximately 500 breweries are operating in the United States.
A record 333 new brewpubs and microbreweries open in one year.
1,463 breweries are operating in America.
Miller and Coors combine their U.S. operations into a single entity – MillerCoors.
InBev buys Anheuser-Busch creating the world’s largest beer company.