NEW YORK (MainStreet) – No old beer brand stays dead for long during the craft beer boom.
Last month, we took a look at some of the beer brands that have returned to life in recent years and asked if you folks knew of others. Not only did you respond, but it turns out we missed a whole slew of revived legacy beers during our last go-round.
That isn't incredibly surprising. Before beer industry consolidation whittled the nation's brewery count to 89 in 1978 – a post-Prohibition low that saw six of the nation's largest breweries make 96% of the beer Americans consumed – there were a whole lot of breweries that called this nation home. Not counting the more than 3,000 breweries in the U.S. in the mid-1880s before Prohibition, the nation's grandparents had a broad spectrum of options for their local beer.
In 1941, post-Prohibition brewery numbers peaked at 857. Brewers at the time made porter, bock and some of the first India Pale Ale in the U.S. Within the past decade, however, beer brewing has experienced an unparalleled boom. Since 2009 alone, the Brewers Association craft beer industry group says the number of breweries in the U.S. has grown from roughly 1,640 to more than 3,000. That’s the most breweries the nation has had since 1873, when there were more than 4,100.
Some of those brewers are coming around for a second or third time. With some help from our readers and the brewers themselves, here's another bunch of brewers that found its way back from the dead: