Did You Know? from MetroBlogs

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MB_didyouknow-thumb.jpgWhile Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Golden, Colorado are generally regarded as the center of the American brewing industry, it is a little known fact that New York was the home of the first public brewery in the country. Founded by Colonial Governor Peter Minuit, it was established in what is now the Financial District only 7 years after Manhattan was purchased from the Lenni-Lenape tribe. This small production center enabled the early settlers to produce large quantities of ale made from top-fermented malt and hops — the alcoholic beverage of choice at the time.

While most of the beer production moved South, West, and even North of New York (where production resources are more plentiful and there is lower production overhead), it is comforting to know that the legacy of Peter Minuit and his friends lives on within city limits. Brooklyn is home to a few smaller brands and microbrews, most notably Brooklyn Brewery. So next time you are enjoying one of Brooklyn’s own or any other domestic beer at your local watering hole, keep in mind that it was New York that introduced wide-scale brewing to the colony, so raise a glass in honor of the Dutch settlers.

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