Today, December 5th, 2013, marks the 80th anniversary of the repealing of the 18th Amendment.
Now, I’m sure that many of you out there already know exactly what that means. But for the rest of you who slept through your US Government class in high school, let me spell it out for you. Here is the text of the 18th Amendment:
Section 1. After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all the territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.
Section 2. The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.
In other words…bye bye booze. In OTHER other words…the day the 18th Amendment was passed really, really sucked.
Of course, the grim actions of that day also led to the birth of speakeasies and bathtub gin, the rise of Al Capone and the establishment of various black market channels. It was really a pretty colorful time in American history.
But who cares about colorful if you have to go to such clandestine lengths to get a shine on?
Enter December 5th, 1933. After much public pressure, our government finally wised up and said “This is dumb. Let’s get sauced.” Or something like that. And the rest is history.
So, yeah, today’s an important day. It’s not easy to repeal amendments (which is a good thing), and so it’s not all that hard to envision a world in which repealing the reviled 18th never happened. And that world, my friends, would be infinitely less delicious.
So tonight, celebrate. Take a sip or two (or three or four or 87) of something that lights you up in the way that responsible adults deserve to be lit up. Rest assured, here at KegWorks, we’ll be doing the same.