It's because of beer of course! On April 7th, 1933, beer became the only legal alcoholic beverage in the United States, that is until the rest of Prohibition was repealed 8 months later on December 5th, 1933.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt had made a campaign promise to end the national ban on alcohol. Now that's a guy I would vote for! His first step was to urge Congress to modify the Volstead Act to allow the sale of 3.2 percent beer in advance of Prohibition’s ratification. On April 7, 1933, Roosevelt toasted the beginning of the end for Prohibition with newly legalized beer in hand at the White House. That must have been some party! By the next day, more than 1.5 million gallons of beer flowed as Americans celebrated, I wonder how many people called out sick the next day with a hang over?
If you're in the New York area this April 7th, why not stop by the FDR library and toast FDR and the return of beer to America.
- Anheuser-Busch has some interesting historical information on the big day.
- The Brewer's Association has more info here, find a celebration in your area with the drop down
Despite the fact that home brewing was not legalized until 1979, I plan to brew a batch, and possibly review a couple of beers to commemorate this day in history. How are you plan on celebrating 75 years of (legal) beer in America? Hopefully by legally and responsibly drinking quality beer.
Don't forget to mark your calendars for next Feb, which will mark the 30th anniversary of legal home brewing in the United States! Well it's legal for most of us, Alabama sucks! Here's some more information from Wikipedia...
In the US, when prohibition was repealed with the 21st Amendment, home wine-making was legalised. Homebrewing of beer should have also been legalised at this time, but a clerical error omitted the words "and/or beer" from the document which was eventually passed into law. Thus, the home-brewing of beer remained illegal for several decades.
In November 1978, Congress passed a bill repealing Federal restrictions on the homebrewing of small amounts of beer. Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, signed the bill into law in February 1979, and many states soon followed suit. However, this bill left individual states free to pass their own laws limiting production. For example, homebrewing is still illegal in the state of Alabama.