Here Comes Summer: Beer: The Froth of July

The Mayflower's destination was Virginia; instead, the boat pulled up at Plymouth, Mass. A passenger's journal for Dec. 19, 1620, explains: "We could not now take time for further search or consideration; our victuals being much spent, especially our beer ..." On July 4, Americans will continue that tradition: when the brew runs out, the revels will be ended.

For the true brew fancier, amber waves of grain mean only one thing: the chief ingredient of beer. Hard-bitten guzzlers find that nothing quenches as happily as the kind that comes straight from the barrel....

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