National Beer Day

National Beer Day Quick Facts - US

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2023 DateApril 7, 2023
2024 DateApril 7, 2024
National Beer Day

National Beer Day History

National Beer Day celebrates the passing of the Cullen-Harrison Act. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the act in 1933. It allowed for the sale of beer and wine with an alcohol content up to 3.2% (by weight) in the United States. This act was an important step toward ending prohibition. It led to the repealing of the 18th amendment and the ratification of the 21st amendment.

National Beer Day was started in 2009 by Justin Smith. It became an official observance in 2018 when the Virginia General Assembly passed a House Joint resolution. It is observed annually on April 7th.

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National Beer Day Facts & Quotes

  • While having supper at the White House, Franklin Roosevelt said I think this would be a good time for beer. Later that day, he would prepare a message asking for the amendment of the National Prohibition Act (Volstead Act).
  • Justin Smith has been the main proponent of the holiday. A friend of his suggested celebrating the day after they learned Iceland had a similar holiday (on March 1st). Justin managed to get official recognition for the day in Virginia beginning 2019 and is advocating for official national recognition.
  • Recognition of this holiday increased greatly in 2011 with the help of the smartphone app Untappd. The makers of the app created a special badge for it. Badges are graphics that are awarded to users of the app as they record beers they've tried and venues they've visited.

National Beer Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Drink beer! Many places have specials for the day. But remember to drink responsibly.
  • Use the Untappd app during National Beer Day to "check-in" to any beer and receive a special badge.
  • Brew your own beer. The American Homebrewers Association has many tutorials for beginners.

National Beer Day References and Related Sites The constitutional origins of National Beer Day

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