Beer drinkers are always looking for a reason to hoist a beer (or maybe no reason is needed). But, today, it’s a reason to celebrate, grounded in history…..
On this day in American history, sales of beer (and wine) became legal again (as long as it was under 4% ABV; 3.2 alcohol by weight). National Beer Day celebrates the return of beer into the public marketplace on April 7, 1933, following passage of the Cullen-Harrison Act, signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 22, 1933. The law went into effect on April 7, 1933, and it allowed people to legally buy, sell and drink beer again for the first time in 13 years following Prohibition! Can you imagine?
When FDR signed that law, he proclaimed: “I think this would be a good time for a beer,” the now-famous quote. Later that year, on December 5, 1933, Prohibition officially ended, with the ratification of the 21st Amendment and Repeal of Prohibition.
So, whether you’re hoisting a pint, snifter, bottle, or can today…. Cheers to Beer!
Linda Johnson, Certified Cicerone®
Covering Florida’s beer scene and locally in North Florida
(cover photo by Linda Johnson)