Savant, Male, from Maryland
On April 17, 2004, I began my "tried it" list. Currently, the number of beers I've tried in some way (from samples to liter mugs) is 1,717. Apr 10, 2015
Looking for the opportunities he couldn't find in his native Germany, Henry came to Chicago in 1854. Many breweries were run by Germans and Henry quickly found a job. Ten years later, he returned to Bremen's St. Pauli Brewery, growing it into the largest and most profitable in the region.
By 1873, he and partner Thomas May had established a thriving brewing empire. In 1876 the pair returned to America where their uniquely hopped and green bottled pilsner bearing Henry's (Heinrich's) last name, "Beck," won a first prize at the Philadelphia World Exhibition.
On April 17, 2004, when I began my "tried it list" with a bottle of Beck's, that gold medal was still featured on the label. And, sadly, back when I started the list, Beck's was still made in Germany. (No comment.)
And after more than a decade of carefully tracking every bottle, can, sample, etc., I keep coming back to the German imports (and American crafts in the German styles). Like me.
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