Savant, Male, from Maryland
On 4/17/04 I began my "tried it" list. Currently, the number of beers I've tried in some way (from samples to liters) is 1,854 (11/9/15). Sep 9, 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 Originals--Like me.
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