American history has changed over the decades; at one time it was illegal to consume alcohol. This time in history was known as Prohibition. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill into law in 1933 called the Cullen-Harrison Act, which enabled the sale, consumption and sale of beer and wine in the United States. At this time these two beverages could only contain 3.2 percent alcohol. Then, on December 5, 1933, the twenty-first amendment legally approved and the ban on alcohol and Prohibition were a thing of the past.
April 7 celebrates the annual beverage holiday first created by Justin Smith in 2009 called “National Beer Day”. Although many beer connoisseurs agree any day is a good day for an ice cold brew, today is the day to raise a glass and celebrate the taste of a chilled beer and part of American history. Beer happens to be the most popular alcohol drink consumed in the United States.
There are more than 3,400 beer breweries operating across America. Some of these breweries are also knows as industry giants, microbreweries, craft breweries and brew pubs. They produce over six billion gallons of beer annually. It is said that Americans drink over fifty billion pints of beer each year or twenty gallons of beer per capita annually.
The larger breweries produce the more common American lager while the smaller breweries produce what is known as beer styles. Beer styles include steam beer, cream ale, American pale ale, amber ale, Cascadian dark ale, and American IPA and Pennsylvania porter.
Beer production is huge and contributes over $56 billion to the economy and provides over 424,000 jobs annually across the nation. The type of beer, mostly consumed in the world is known as lager. Americans particularly have chosen this type of beer as a favorite choice because it has a refreshing, crisp and clean flavor and is a light bodied beer. The word “lager” is derived from the word “Lager brier”, which actually means “to store or storing or beer brewed for keeping” in German. At one time before lagers, beers or ales as they are called today, German brewers kept their brews in hillside cellars and caves to keep them cool since refrigeration hadn’t been invented.
Participate today in celebrating part of American history, reach into the refrigerator, cooler, cellar or ice box for a cold brewed beer. With all the named brands, colors, full and light bodied beers and flavors available there is sure one that will hit the spot after a long hard day. Remember to drink responsibly, keep all alcoholic beverages out of the reach of minors and have a designated driver available just in case. So pick up a glass, beer stein, a can or a glass bottle of beer today, make a toast and celebrate “National Beer Day”!