Beer is the most widely consumed alcohol in the world. In fact, only water and tea are more popular beverages than beer.
And for another “wow” moment, did you know there’s a company that actually produces beer soap? I mean I like beer just fine, but I don’t exactly have a desire to smell like it. Nor do I really want to be around someone who smells like it.
But the point is: beer is incredibly popular.
And logically, someone over the course of history recognized that such an influential and fanatically beloved beverage deserves a proper day of recognition. Hence today’s National Beer Day celebration.
So you might be wondering why April 7th? After all, if beer were nationally honored 365 days every year, you probably wouldn’t hear too many objections. But I’ll tell ya why April 7th is so special. And in about 30 seconds, you’ll agree at just how special this day really is.
Remember that little period known as prohibition? Well the Prohibition Era ran an excruciatingly long 13 years in the United States, beginning in 1919. Then in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an amendment to the Volstead Act, which was originally responsible for poo-pooing the manufacturing, selling, and transport of alcohol. This newly signed amendment was named the Cullen-Harrison Act.
Fun fact: Upon signing the Cullen-Harrison Act, President Roosevelt declared, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.”
FDR signed the Cullen-Harrison Act in March and it officially became law on … wait for it … April 7, 1933.
And that, my friends, brings us to today’s national holiday.
So how are you going to celebrate? Do you stick with the heavy stouts or are you more of a light lager person? Is Guinness your middle name? Or maybe you’re one of my northeast brethren and thus would never think of cheating on your closest confidant, Yuengling.
Fun fact #2: The Yuengling Brewery, based in little Pottsville, Penn., is the oldest operating brewery in the country, first opening its doors way back in 1829. You can read about the Yuengling history here.
Fun fact #3: I grew up less than an hour from Pottsville, and Yuengling is most definitely my favorite beer. And President Obama’s favorite beer too!
Regardless of your go-to beer of choice, today’s holiday might the perfect excuse to step out from your beer comfort zone and try something new. And this around-the-world beer bucket sampler might be just the way to properly dabble.
And no matter how you choose to celebrate, please celebrate safely.