Really interesting article in the libertarian magazine Reason about the rise, fall, and triumphant resurgence of homebrewing in America. Many may not realize, but throughout much of our nation’s early history homebrewing was as common to folks as farming. George Washington did it, as did Thomas Jefferson. 

According to the story, by 1872 there were 3,421 commercial breweries in America, or roughly 17 times as many per capita as there are now. I find that fascinating. Thanks to Prohibition, the industry largely went away, or at least incognito, until President Carter in 1978 signed the bill that decriminalized the practice of homebrewing, paving the way for a burgeoning U.S. craft beer industry thanks to folks like Sierra Nevada and Boston Beer Company.

Maybe that’s why beer and peanuts go so well together.