Beer has played an important role in the development of this country. In 1609 America's first "help wanted" ad, appeared in a London newspaper, seeking brewers to come to Virginia. The Mayflower stopped at Plymouth Rock instead of continuing on to Virginia as originally planned because of a severe shortage of supplies. As one passenger noted in his diary, "We could not take time for further search or consideration, our victuals being much spent, especially our beer." William Penn erected a brew house on his estate in 1683, and served beer widely, even using it
To promote temperance among the Natives. In 1816, Thomas Jefferson discussed beer in a letter to a friend, writing: "I wish to see this beverage become more common." It has.
By 1880 there were 2,272 breweries in America, many of them brewpubs. The city of Boston had over 200 breweries itself and there were almost 100 small breweries in the State of Wisconsin devoted solely to brewing wheat beer. The decline of the breweries began in 1892 when the "cork crown" was patented. Beer could now be bottled and shipped reliably, and by 1910 only 1,568 breweries remained. The decline continued with Prohibition, and by 1930 there were only 231 operating breweries. They had survived Prohibition by producing a variety of non‐alcoholic products. Upon repeal of Prohibition, thirty‐eight States (including Michigan) adopted the 3‐tier distribution system (manufacturer-distributor‐ retailer), making it illegal for the manufacturer to also be the retailer. The brewpub became history. The decline culminated in the early 1970’s when, through industry consolidation and changing consumer tastes, there were less than 50 breweries in the United States. In the 1970’s, a micro brewing revolution began in America. In 1982 the legislature in the state of Washington approved a bill allowing a brewery to sell beer directly to the customer in a restaurant environment; the brewpub was reborn. Laws in other states were soon updated. Now, from California to Maine, Michigan to Mississippi, small scale "microbreweries" and "brewpubs" are reviving a cherished and historic tradition, the brewing of specialty beers. In 1983 there were 12 microbreweries and brewpubs, 29 by 1985, 171 by 1989, and 382 at the end of 1993. At the end of September 2015 the Brewers Association reported over 4,000 active breweries in the U.S., a milestone in the history of local American brewing. New York and the Finger Lakes Region boasts 75+ breweries. This has contributing wages and a large economic impact to the state and region. At Square Knot Brewing we will source 60% of our premium ingredients from New York State. Helping a new generation of consumers to discover the taste and sensation of drinking fresh beer. In the process rejuvenating a great American tradition, the brewpub and your "chosen spot for Craft Beers."