Today is National Beer Day

Here at KegWorks our lives pretty much revolve around beer and until we saw a tweet wishing us a happy National Beer Day, we didn’t realize it was National Beer Day. After conducting a little bit of research (thank goodness for that Google machine!) we confirmed that not only is today an unofficial beer holiday, there’s a reason behind it.

Every year on April 7th, National Beer Day is celebrated. On this very same day in 1933, Franklin Roosevelt enacted the Cullen-Harrison Act, the first step towards repealing Prohibition. Prohibition didn’t officially come to an end until December 5th but this act allowed for beers under 3.2% ABV to be sold in the United States.

Weak beer is better than no beer, right? Thirsty Americans thought so in 1933! They lined up at breweries across the country to buy beer legally for the first time in 13 years.
Coincidentally (or maybe not?) today is also "No Housework Day."

So, head home after work today, skip the chores and have yourself a beer. Just make sure it’s a strong one.

PS: Mark your calendars and stock your fridges. According to our sources August 7th is International Beer Day and October 27th marks American Beer Day.



  • M April 7, 2010 @ 10:18am

    I can’t wait to celebrate National Beer Day. hmmm…I wonder what I’ll crack open when I get home and sit on my couch because it’s also no housework day!
    Happy National Beer Day everyone!

  • Hannah April 7, 2010 @ 10:27am

    I’ll be enjoying the Russian River Damnation that’s been WAITING FOR IT in my fridge.

  • Justin Smith November 17, 2010 @ 12:27am


    My name is Justin Smith and I’m the founder of National Beer Day. Thanks for helping spread the word about the best holiday of the year.

    There are a lot of unofficial random beer drinking holidays in the US.

    New Beer’s Eve – April 6th
    National Beer Day – April 7th
    National Homebrew Day – First Saturday in May
    American Craft Beer Week – Starts on the 3rd Monday in May and goes for a week
    International Beer Day – Aug. 5th
    National Beer Lover’s Day – Sept. 7th
    National Drink a Beer Day – Sept. 28th
    American Beer Day – Oct. 27th

    National Beer Day (April 7th) is the only with with a historically significant date.

    April 7th is National Beer Day here in the US. In 1933 during the prohibition era, the Cullen-Harrison Act was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt on March 23rd. That law was enacted on April 7th allowing the brewing and sale of beer in the United States again as long as it was < 3.2% (4% ABV). It’s said that people waited in line overnight on April 6th outside Milwaukee breweries in order to legally buy beer for the first time in over 13 years. As a result, April 7th is known as National Beer Day and April 6th is called New Beers Eve.

    National Beer Days around the world –

    March 1st – Iceland
    April 6th – England
    April 7th – USA
    April 23rd – Germany

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