National Beer Day

National Beer Day Quick Facts - US

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2024 DateApril 7, 2024
2025 DateApril 7, 2025

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National Beer Day History

National Beer Day is dedicated to recognizing beer culture and its contribution to sociability, communal bonding, and even economic growth. The day is marked by a widespread recognition of the craftsmanship and history surrounding differing brewing techniques, beer varieties, and the artistry involved in their creation. Beyond its communal aspects, National Beer Day also highlights the economic significance of the beer industry, with over two million jobs directly linked to its production and sales in the United States alone.

National Beer Day formally recognizes the Cullen-Harrison Act, which marked a significant milestone in the end of prohibition in the United States. The Act, signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 22, 1933, legalized the sale of beer with an alcohol content below 4.05% (by volume) in America, effectively reinvigorating the dormant beer industry. This critical landmark fosters appreciation for the historical fortitude of the beer industry, which has since flourished into a multi-billion dollar entity.

In the United States, National Beer Day is typically observed in a variety of ways. Some enthusiasts may take a brewery tour, enjoy a tasting flight at a local pub, or attend beer-themed events. Others may prefer a low-key celebration, perhaps with a delightful can or bottle of their favorite brew at home. Culminating these observances, the richness of this tradition is realized through widespread camaraderie across America. National Beer Day is marked annually on the 7th of April, this date was chosen in honor of the day the Cullen-Harrison Act was enacted, setting the stage for the first legal beer sales in over a decade.

Facts about National Beer Day

  • 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.
  • 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).

Top things to do in the US for National Beer Day

  • 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.

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