The first time I was ever in a homebrew shop was probably in the late 70's or very early 80's. My dad was a home wine maker and I specifically remember us stopping in an old winemaking shop somewhere in Strasburg, PA. I distinctly remember there was beer making equipment sold there and I swear I remember seeing whole leaf hops. They were dried up and brown and just sitting out in the open.
I also remember seeing "Blue Ribbon Malt Extract' on grocery store shelves. In fact, I remember seeing this all the way up until about 2005 or so.
I didn't start homebrewing until the mid 90's but I do rememeber drinking homebrew in the mid 80's at a friends house and in my memories it wasn't too bad. Of course I was probably 16 so, you know how that goes. It was beer.
Anyway, this all got me to thinking about yeast (bread yeast and wine yeast I assume is all that was available), hops (could I be misremembering seeing hops that early?), specialty grains, etc. I was wondering when actual 2-row and the like started showing up in homebrew shops. I owned a copy of Papzian's "The Complete Joy..." but it was a later edition. I'd enjoy reading his first edition.
Anyway, I was wondering what history some of ya'll might have and be willing to share.