April 7th Recognizes National Beer Day

One of the world’s oldest beverages (beer) dates back all the way to 9500 BC when cereal was first farmed.  It is recorded in the written history of ancient Iraq and ancient Egypt.

It is the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage.  Following water and tea, it is the third most consumed drink overall.

 

HISTORY

On April 7, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt took the first step toward ending Prohibition and signed a law that allowed people to brew and sell beer in the United States as long as it remained below 4.0% alcohol by volume (ABV).  Beer drinkers everywhere celebrated and were happy to be able to purchase beer again for the first time in thirteen years.

National Beer Day was created by Justin Smith, a Richmond, Virginia Craft Beer Examiner, and his friend Mike Connolly from Liverpool, England.   April 7th was chosen because the Cullen-Harrison Act was signed into law and became active on this day.  In 2009, Smith and Connolly created a National Beer Day Facebook page. From this page, they invited friends to join, and word has spread to many sources since that recognizes this day.

 

HOW TO OBSERVE & CELEBRATE

Grab an (Indiana) craft beer and spend some time with friends. Remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive. Use #NationalBeerDay when sharing on social media.

 

 
 

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