The calendar is filled with a host of events like “National Donut Day” and the like that seem to be conjured from thin air with little basis in the real world. The amount of these little celebratory days tends to amuse me greatly. So when I heard the story of “National Beer Day” I was immediately skeptical that this was yet another greeting card holiday. When I learned the actual history of today, April 7th, National Beer Day, a newfound respect emerged for this humble beer-drinking day’s place in our history. And let’s be honest, it doesn’t take much to motivate me to grab a cold one.
The significance of this national day of beer emerged following the dry days of prohibition in 1933. As it turns out, the date of April 7th is the day that the Cullen–Harrison Act went into effect for the first time, and marked the day in which a thirsty public could once again legally consume a beer without fear of incident from the authorities.
More from Wikipedia:
People across the country responded by gathering outside breweries, some beginning the night before. On that first day, 1.5 million barrels of beer was consumed, inspiring the future holiday.
Upon learning the history of National Beer day I came to appreciate the symbolism and historical significance which April 7th holds. If ever there was a time or reason to have a beer, today would be the day. And National Beer Day’s proximity to opening day can’t just be a coincidence. It’s amazing to think about what is happening around beer these days –with so many people elevating the simple beer to new levels of sophistication– and to think of the past and where it has come from only makes it more worth celebrating.
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Comments on “An Ode to the Humble American Beer.”
So I was going to post Franklin’s beer and God quote and Googled it to get the exact quote. I was then astonished to learn that Franklin’s quote was about wine instead of beer. He even disparaged fellow workers who drank during the day. A sad moment on an otherwise wonderful day. http://tinyurl.com/l3z59g6
Any excuse. I am glad it’s not just another token marketing scheme though.
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