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date: 03 October 2022

The United States 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Beer
Author(s):
Steve HindySteve Hindy

has a history of brewing that began with efforts by the earliest English colonists to make beer from the only grain available to them, corn. Thomas Hariot, one of the unsuccessful settlers at Roanoke Island, published his “Narrative of the First Engli2sh Plantation of Virginia” upon his return to London in 1588. Hariot wrote of the diversely colored corn that made very good bread and “We made of the same in the country some mault, whereof was brued as good ale as was to be desired. So, likewise, by the help of hops, thereof may bee made as good beere.” Later, when a colony was established in Virginia, Capt George Thorpe wrote on December 29, 1620, of the difficulty of growing barley in the hot climate of the South. “And the greatest want they complayne of us a good drinke—wine being too dear, and barley chargeable, which though it should be there sowen, it were hard in that country, being so hot, to make malt of it, or, if they had malt, to make good beer…they had found a way to make good drink from Indian corn, which (they) preferred to good English beer.”... ...

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