Whether you consider yourself a connoisseur, weekend warrior or just happen to appreciate an ice-cold brew from time-to-time, go grab your chilled mug. April 7 is National Beer Day and Americans are ready to celebrate!
Not to be confused with Beer Can Appreciation Day , Drink Beer Day or International Beer Day, this annual beer event actually commemorates the ending of a 13 year dry spell in the United States! On this day in 1933, the Cullen-Harrison Act was enacted, allowing the brewing, sale and consumption of 3.2 percent beer and wine in the United States.
When United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the bill into law, he said, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.” And Americans agreed. On April 6th, thousands of thirsty people waited in line at their favorite pub waiting for the new law to go into effect, on “New Beer's Eve.” More than 1 million gallons of beer were consumed during that first 24 hours. And on December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified, ending Prohibition for good.
While many of us may not need a special holiday to enjoy a beer, here’s your chance to kick your feet up, relax and raise your glass! And a special thanks to beer fan Justin Smith for creating National Beer Day back in 2009. In honor of the event, many pubs and bars across the nation will be celebrating with special deals, beer fests and celebrations. Cheers to a great tasting beer! And as always, please drink responsibly.