Raise a Glass! Today is National Beer Day

By Anna Breuer on 7 April 2018
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Today, April 7, is National Beer Day, a holiday that celebrates the world’s most popular alcoholic beverage.

Beer is one of the oldest beverages in the world and is brewed from cereal grains such as malted barley or wheat. It is mentioned in the Code of Hammurabi and The Hymn to Ninkasi, a prayer to the Sumerian goddess of beer.

The manufacture of beer is codified by law in many countries and the most well-known of those is the Reinheitsgebot or purity law that was enacted in Bavaria in 1516 and requires beer to be made only from water, hops, and barley.

The holiday is observed each year on April 7 and marks the day that the Cullen-Harrison Act, signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, went into effect, marking the beginning of the end of Prohibition. That law legalized the sale of beer with a 3.2% alcohol content and wine with a similar low alcohol content in the United States.

After signing the bill, President Roosevelt said, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.”

National Beer Day has its origins with a Facebook page by that name created by two friends in 2009. Some people refer to April 6 as New Beer’s Eve. Many restaurants across the country as well as the establishments in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, one of the world’s most widely visited tourist attractions, are offering special promotions to celebrate the holiday.

Prohibition itself was repealed December 5, 1933 with the ratification of the 21st Amendment. As a result, Repeal Day is celebrated on December 5.

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