In 1955, the Soviets gave East Germany authority over civilian movement in Berlin, passing control to a regime not recognized in the West.  Initially, East Germany granted "visits" to allow its residents access to West Germany. However, following the defection of large numbers of East Germans under this regime, the new East German state legally restricted virtually all travel to the West in 1956.  Soviet East German ambassador Mikhail Pervukhin observed that "the presence in Berlin of an open and essentially uncontrolled border between the socialist and capitalist worlds unwittingly prompts the population to make a comparison between both parts of the city, which unfortunately does not always turn out in favour of Democratic [East] Berlin." 
Revival Brewing Company is a renewal of brewmaster Sean Larkin’s passion for unique and innovative beers, cultivated over twenty years of creating signature brews for the preeminent breweries in Rhode Island. Though he’d been thinking about striking out on his own for a few years, it was an introduction to Owen Johnson, an avid home brewer, in late 2009 that set in motion that which would become Revival. Over that first December breakfast meeting at Nick’s on Broadway, the two discovered how closely their ambitions and passions aligned.