Back in the day of the grey flannel suit, Mr. Fifties was living the good life drinking his High Life.
He didn't know how his American lager would change the world, but his beer buzz was talking, telling him that somehow it will.
Although not for another thirty years, Planet Beer did change. In 1979 only 89 breweries operated in the U.S. From then, though, when microbreweries began crafting ales, until today, the number of breweries has grown to a record 2,126. The number of U.S. craft brewers is over 2,000, with domestic non-craft brewers accounting for the rest.