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“It is a lively tale, starting back in the days of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ when alehouses lined the Jones Falls and a seamstress, Mary Pickersgill, sewed Old Glory as the flag was stretched out on a brewery floor.
“It tells of the turn-of-the-century Germans who erected elaborate breweries and leafy beer gardens along the Gay Street–North Avenue corridor.
“It tells of the 1950s and ’60s, when Gunther, National, American and Arrow mounted clever advertising campaigns and tried to wrap themselves around the Orioles and the Colts as the breweries battled for the palates and wallets of the Chesapeake Bay’s burgeoning beer-drinking population.
“It finishes up with the stories behind the current crop of local brewpub operators and craft brewers who are putting modern spins on the century-old routine of making beer.
“After studying this city’s past, there is little doubt that Baltimore is a suds city, a town that takes its beer seriously.” Rob KasperBaltimore Beer: A Satisfying History of Charm City Brewing is available throughout Maryland and online at www.historypress.net.