National Beer Day, every April 7, a time when we can raise a toast to the oldest and most venerable of all beverages. People have been making beer for over 5,000 years; in fact, the oldest recorded recipe we know of is for beer.
Celebrate this beer day with a pale ale, stout, larger, or wheat beer. Beer has become important in human culture. We are fond of having a beer for any occasion. After water and tea, beer is the third most popular drink overall in the world, and everyone prefers beer.
This celebrated day is in recognition of the Cullen-Harrison Act going into effect in 1933. This bill, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, allowed for the sale, purchase and consumption of beer once again after 13 years of prohibition. During prohibition, alcohol was prohibited due to President Woodrow Wilson’s veto of the 18th Amendment. The 21st amendment to the Constitution went into effect on April 7, 1933. On this day in 1933, people flooded their local taverns and breweries and by the end of this day more than 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed. On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified and was the official end of prohibition in the U.S.
It took 76 years for the day to be officially celebrated, so, raise a glass of your favorite remembering that there was a time when you doing so was illegal.