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National Premium Beer to Return?

[/caption] An Eastern Shore real estate agent and entrepreneur is laying plans to reintroduce National Premium beer to Baltimore. Tim Miller, whose family sold a string of service stations 10 years ago, says he bought the trademark for National Bohemian's upscale brother brew at a New York auction in December and then went on a quest for the original recipe. "Lot of my friends are like, you can put anything in there, no one will know the difference," says Miller, 43. "I was like, that's not what this beer was all about . . . I wanted to find the recipe." Miller says he located the formula through a network of former National brewers. Now he's looking for a brewery to produce the beer, which was

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"I don't know anything about making beer. Never done it. This is initially going to be a contract brew," he says. "We're not building a stainless steel monument to it--not yet." Miller, who is selling a collection of antique gas pumps to help finance the venture, says he hopes to have National Premium on shelves and on tap in time for opening day of next year's baseball season. So was National Premium the stuff? Don't take our word for it. Ask Robert Christgau, "Dean of American Rock Critics,"

magazine pronounced it "Dry, pleasurable to contemplate--particulary [sic] at warmer temperatures--with distinctive but not weirdo minty bitterness, and very clean and light, National Premium seemed to offer the best aspects of both European and American beer."

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