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  • #16
    Originally posted by BrewDude37 View Post
    I'm late to this conversation, but I just had to respond to this. Light Lagers became popular because brewers, fearing prohibition, would first claim that beer was not evil, distilled spirits were, and would go on to claim that Light Lagers were better for you than Ales. So, indirectly, lagers came into fashion because of the same sentiment (Temperance movement) that created prohibition.
    What you're describing took place in the mid 1800's, almost 70 years before the Volstead Act (it is true that temperance movements in the U.S. flared up and down throughout the 19th century.) Lagers were favored by brewers because they had a longer shelf life.

    I highly recommend Maureen Ogle's "Ambitious Brew" for a very good account of the history of brewing in the U.S.
    Kevin Shertz
    Chester River Brewing Company
    Chestertown, MD