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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy National Beer Day!

What is "National Beer Day"?  Some of us consider EVERY day beer day, but, April 7th has historical significance to those of us that have been know to throw a few back on occasion.

"You might remember the snail's pace at which time passed when you waited for your 21st birthday, but can you imagine being an adult and waiting more than a decade to buy beer legally? Enacted on Jan 17, 1920, the 18th Amendment "outlawed 'intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,' but made no reference to alcohol content," according to the Alcohol Policy Information System. It was the Volstead Act, which "set the legal alcohol limit at one-half of 1 percent."

On March 23, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act, allowing the "resumption of the manufacture and sale of 3.2 percent beer and light wines in the states that had already repealed their dry laws." The act went into effect on April 7, 1933.

Similar to New Year's Eve or the night before Thanksgiving, happy hour celebrating National Beer Days starts on April 6, with New Beer's Eve. Consider it a mini reenactment of the crowd of thirsty people who lined the streets on the April 6, 1933, outside of Milwaukee breweries waiting to buy their legal beer. Frost those mugs at home or designate a diver and hit the town. Remember to toast FDR."

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