75th Anniversary of the Repeal of the Prohibition of Beer in the US

Today, April 7th 2008, is being celebrated by brewers large and small, all over the country, as 75 years to the day that President Franklin Roosevelt let beer flow again in the US.
Draft Beer
On this date in 1933, the Cullen-Harrison Act took effect, making it legal to again produce and sell 3.2% alcohol-by-volume beer in states that did not prohibit its sale by state law. The complete repeal of Prohibition, allowing the sale of all types of alcoholic beverages, did not occur until December 5th 1933.

This date will be marked by events at many breweries across the nation, and even a gathering at the FDR Presidential Library. Anheuser Busch is planning big celebrations at its St. Louis headquarters. So, raise a toast today to your freedom to drink beer in America, or better yet, find the brewer nearest you and join the celebrations.

Here are some more articles about the significance of the day and the history of Prohibition in the US.

Marin Independent Journal
Beer Advocate
Atlanta Journal-Constitution


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