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California beer maker has the last laugh in his German brewery

California beer maker has the last laugh in his German brewery

 

Some Germans thought Greg Koch was courageous. Others considered the Californian crazy.

In one of the world's biggest beer drinking countries, already saturated with 1,388 breweries and 5,000 brands of beer, the entrepreneur from San Diego was determined to establish an American-style craft beer brewery.

It took courage, craziness - and chutzpah.

But a year after Koch opened his now-thriving brewery, beer garden and restaurant in the Mariendorf section of south-central Berlin, Germans are no longer laughing at the 52-year-old executive...

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