01/25/2012 10:47 am ET

The Past, Present & Future Of Brewing In Michigan

While there is undoubtedly a thriving and dynamic craft beer industry in Michigan, it is important to talk about Michigan's place in America's brewing history as well.

Bernhard Stroh, the son of a European brewer, founded the Lion's Head Brewery in Detroit in 1850. By all accounts he brewed a superior, deep golden lager, based on a style of beer developed at the Municipal brewery in Pilsen, Bohemia in 1840 and called it Pilsener.

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