Is this really the golden age of microbreweries?
Back when I toured Clipper City Brewery, our guide said this is the golden age of microbreweries.
It made sense, because for decades, all beer drinkers had to choose from were bland domestics like Budweiser and a handful of imports.
But I want to think back more than a few decades -- back to the time before Prohibition.
I've read that in the 1800s and early 1900s, there were a whole bunch of breweries around town churning out suds ...
Back then, beer drinkers had plenty of options to pick from, and most were brewed right here in Baltimore. Keep in mind -- this was before eating and drinking locally were the trendy thing to do.
The Depression forced most of these smaller breweries out of business. And in the 1950s and 1960s, the big chains swooped in and took over.
I have always wondered how good beer was pre-Depression. You've got to figure -- with so much competition here in Baltimore alone, a brewery must have had to make good beer if it wanted to survive.