A long time ago there was prohibition, which a lot of people really didn’t like and found many ways to get around anyway. While supporters expected that if the public could not obtain alcohol (legally) it would help abolish sin, allow sales growth in other industries, enable a better home life, and more benefits, it had quite the opposite effect. For many reasons, prohibition needed to end. Enter the Cullen-Harrison Act.
Senator Pat Harrison & Representative Thomas H. Cullen sponsored the Act in 1933 which legalized the sale of beer that had an alcohol content by weight of 3.2% (about 4% abv) Ever heard of “three-two beer”? The Act was enacted by Congress on March 21, 1933, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt the next day, and went into effect on April 7, 1933. It was when Roosevelt signed the Act that he remarked, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.”
Eight-three years ago today, crowds gathered outside pubs, taverns and breweries for their first legal beer in 13 years. Today, find your favorite bar, tavern or pub (hopefully it’s us!)* and celebrate National Beer Day by raising a glass, making new friends, having a conversation over a pint, and giving a cheers to the beverage we all love!