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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Happy 10th Year Birthday to Good Beer

Remember how small and cute they were?! We've watched them grow over the years with all the hope and promise that little ones have. Some of them have wandered astray, some of them have sadly (or not so sadly disappeared), and others have matured beautifully into model citizens. We've visited them, sent good wishes their way, and supported them however we could. It sure has been a heady ten years of growth for the craftbrewing industry. Sheesh, how time has flown. The mid-90s were quite busy in the craft/microbrewing industry with new ones popping up all around the country, probably no region much more than here in the northeast of the United States. I obviously will not recognize every brewery/brewpub celebrating ten years in the industry, so I hope that you all will contribute those that you know of in your area celebrating a decade in the business that deserve recognition. Here's to the next 10 years, and beyond, of great beer. Oh, and for all of you super-fanatical math majors, the 10th year anniversary here in my book is give or take, uh, a year! 10 years (2005, 2006) Alesmith, San Diego CA Allagash, Portland ME (just passed 11) Appalachian, Harrisburg PA Bar Harbor, Bar Harbor ME Bells, Kalamazoo MI Brooklyn, New York NY (10; in the current location/incarnation) Dogfish Head, Milton DE (almost 11) DuClaw, Bel Air MD Firestone Walker, Paso Robles CA Flying Fish, Cherry Hill NJ Fordham, Annapolis MD Geary's, Portland, ME General Lafayette, Lafayette Hill PA Great Divide, Denver CO (just passed 11) Harpoon, Boston MA Iron Hill, Wilmington DE (originally 1994, more in 1996) Lancaster, Lancaster PA (just passed 11) Middle Ages, Syracuse NY (almost 11) New Belgium, Fort Collins CO River Horse, Lambertville NJ Selin's Grove, Selinsgrove, PA Sly Fox, Phoenixville PA Southampton Publick House, Southampton NY Stone, Escondido CA Victory, Downingtown PA Weyerbacher, Easton PA And, a couple of geezers celebrating 20 years Penn, Pittsburgh PA Dock Street, Philadelphia PA

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