08/10/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Brooklyn's Beer Breweries: Rise, Fall And Resurrection

For a while the beer flowed from Brooklyn as if from a broken spigot. With 45 breweries at the turn of the century -- including 11 on one 12-block stretch in Williamsburg -- at its peak, Brooklyn produced a significant share of the nation's beer. But if the names Rheingold or Schaefer don't provoke a feeling of parched nostalgia, that may be because by 1976 every Brooklyn brewery had turned off its taps, shut down or moved out.

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