This Sunday Is National Beer Day

Yes, there really is a National Beer Day – and it’s coming right up this weekend.

The day picked for National Beer Day – April 7 – happens to be the day in 1933 that Prohibition was finally repealed.

Specifically, it was on April 7, 1933 that the Cullen-Harrison Act went into effect and for the first time since 1920 the purchase, sale, and consumption of beer and wine with an alcohol content of 3.2 percent, was legal.

This led to the 18th Amendment being repealed. Later that year, the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.

Upon signing the legislation, Roosevelt made his famous remark, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.”

The law went into effect on April 7 of that year in states that had enacted their own law allowing such sales. The beer could contain up to 3.2% alcohol by weight (or 4.05% by volume) compared to the 0.5% limit of the Volstead Act, because 3.2% was considered too low to produce intoxication.

Start By Celebrating New Beer’s Eve on the Night of April 6

People across the country responded by gathering outside breweries, some beginning the night before. Hence, the evening of April 6 is designated as New Beer’s Eve.

Thank These Virginians for Our Modern Day of Beer

National Beer Day was first created in 2009 by Justin Smith of Richmond, Virginia. After much prodding from his friend, Mike Connolly, Smith started a Facebook page that was noticed by Colorado Beer Examiner, Eli Shayotovich.

Smith’s promotion of the new holiday via various social media outlets was rewarded when the beer drinking app, “Untapped”, created a badge for National Beer Day that rewarded participants that checked a beer into the app on April 7.

National Beer Day has since been trending every year on April 7 using the hashtag #NationalBeerDay

National Beer Day was officially recognized by Virginia Governor Terry Mcauliffe in 2017.

National Beer Day was officially recognized on the Congressional Record by Congressman Dave Brat  in 2017.

In 2018, House Joint Resolution 90 was introduced in Virginia General Assembly to officially recognize National Beer Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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