AHB Celebrates National Beer Day

In the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt himself,

“I think this would be a good time for a beer.”

In the U.S., April 7th marks National Beer Day. While the holiday itself commemorates the passage of the Cullen-Harrison Act in 1933, it wasn’t until 2009 that the holiday was created by Justin Smith, a Richmond, VA craft beer examiner and his friend, Mike Connolly from Liverpool, who started a Facebook page.

Until President Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act in 1933, prohibition had been in place since 1920! There was a nationwide ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages. While The Cullen-Harrison Act didn’t put an end to prohibition, it did legalize beer and wine with alcohol content below 3.2 (by weight). It wasn’t until later that year on December 5th, 1933 when the ratification of the 21st amendment repealed the 18th amendment, leading to the end of prohibition.

April 6th is often recognized as New Beer’s Eve. It’s been said that on the eve of President Roosevelt signing the act, thousands gathered outside of breweries across the country. The following day, 1.5 million barrels of beer was consumed thus inspiring what Justin Smith wanted us to celebrate today!

The holiday was took off when the beer app, Untappd picked up the holiday promotion on various social channels and created a National Beer Day badge on their app that’s awarded to those that check a beer onto the app on April 7th. National Beer Day was officially recognized by Virginia Governor, Terry McAuliff in 2017.

So whether you’re drinking an ale, a lager, an IPA, a stout… raise a glass with Angry Horse Brewing and toast to the 4,000 active breweries in the United States today.