Re: Ode to American 'beers'
Ameicans do know how to make beer. The problem was Prohibition, it cleared out the smaller brewers leaving just a handful of giant corporations that make what they think is beer. There are now in many part of the country a lot of smaller brewers that produce an acceptable drink (one of the more palatable local brews is '805') and there's an increasing number of brewpubs. The big corporations have noticed, though, and so they buy the smaller breweries or bring out their own 'pseudo-microbrews'.
But then beer brewing isn't what it used to be. Try looking up "SABMiller" and following its trail of owners and acquisitions -- you're probably find that a lot of nice British beers are now made by something called Interbrew or some such in an industrial beer plant in Luton or somewhere like that.