Celebrate April 7th, The Beer Drinkers Holiday!
April 7th may not mean much to you,
perhaps its just another day in April. But if you are a member of the
beer drinking community, you should know this date quite well. April
7th, 1933 was the day that prohibition came to an end, the day beer
drinkers were free to consume their favorite beverage again. It was a
day where all rejoiced, after having spent 13 years stomaching gin
fermented in bath tubs and beer brewed in dark basements.
On January 16th, 1920 the United States Government ratified the 18th
Amendment to the Constitution by a vote of 140 to 64, and the era of
prohibition was upon us. For the next 13 years police departments
throughout the country were forced to shut down any and alcohol
distribution, sales and consumption. Suffice to say this was a very
dark time in American history. But then came President Roosevelt, and
on December 5th, 1933 the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was
ratified and the sales of 3.2 beer and light wines was legal again. On
March 23rd of that year President Roosevelt signed the it into law and
on April 7th beer was rolling again. This historic date was
commemorated when the first “legal” beer in 13 years was delivered to
the White House gates.
To celebrate the end of prohibition and the holiday of April 7th,
the Brewers Association’s Brew Year’s Eve is once again almost at hand.
You can celebrate this holiday at your local brewery. This Saturday,
April 7th, hundreds of breweries throughout the country will be
promoting the holiday with drink specials, unique brews and other fun
and exciting activities. By visiting the Web site www.brewyearseve.com
you can find participating breweries in your area. Just use the simple
drop down to find out which breweries will be celebrating in your area.
Brew Year’s Eve is a great way to get to know your local brewery and
spend time with beer enthusiasts just like you!