It was intended to be special. We pulled out all the stops to begin with. Starting two years ago when Alan Sprints, owner of Hair of the Dog Brewing Company, came to Bend to brew his two most iconic beers (Adam and Fred), ferment them and put them into barrels for an as yet unknown purpose. Our team brewed two of our own beers (The Dissident and The Stoic) and treated them the same way.
The lukewarm reputation of American beer during the 20th century was due in large part to Prohibition. From 1920 to 1933 Americans could not enjoy their beverage of choice. In desperation, bootleggers watered down their black market beer to increase profits, altering the palette of Americans for decades to come. At least 800 breweries were shut down in the United States during Prohibition, and independent breweries continued to close for the next fifty years.