The libertarian publication Reason has an online piece on the legalization of homebrewing in the US. A few things I didn't know:
- In 1872, there were approximately 17 times as many breweries in the US per capita as there are now. And "now, " of course, comes after a long boom in micro brewing.
- Pre-1978, illegal homebrewers were never threatened by the Feds as much as by state law enforcement.
- It was a supplier of beer-making equipment in Rochester, NY who asked Congressman Barber Conable to sponsor the famous 1978 homebrewing bill that Jimmy Carter signed. Asked about the importance of the bill decades later, Conable couldn't even remmeber it.