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Brooklyn Brewed

At one time there were almost 50 breweries in Brooklyn, but when alcohol became illegal in 1920 it destroyed the brewing industry. Twelve years later, when prohibition ended, the few surviving breweries made cheap, bland products and sold them with huge national advertising campaigns. But with the rise of specialty and "micro-breweries" in the 1980s and '90s, beer began to make a comeback. And as Garret Oliver and Steve Hindy of the Brooklyn Brewery demonstrate, the years of great beer making in the borough are far from over.

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