National Beer Day is April 7th

Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Holidays

National Beer Day is a holiday commemorating one of the first major steps towards ending prohibition in the 1930s.

In 1933, after the United States has been in a state of prohibition since 1920, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Cullen–Harrison Act into law, stating that on April 7th, 1933 it would once again become legal to sell beer with an alcohol content of less than 3.2% by weight.

On the evening of April 6th, excited Americans lined up outside the country’s bars and breweries, waiting for midnight when they would could enjoy a brew. When midnight struck, citizens around the country erupted into beer-fueled celebration, earning the night the enduring title ‘New Beer’s Eve,’ according to InternationalBeerDay.com.

Beer in the United States is manufactured by more than 1,700 breweries, which range in size from industry giants to brew pubs and microbreweries. The United States produced 196 million barrels of beer in 2009, and consumes roughly 20 US gallons of beer per capita annually. In 2008, the United States was ranked 16th in the world in per capita consumption, while total consumption was second only to China, according to the 2010 Brewers Almanac.

There are over 70 breweries in Pennsylvania, including some of America’s longest established, such as D.G. Yuengling & Son. York boasts two breweries of it’s own, Liquid Hero Brewery and Mudhook Brewing Co. South County Brewery is located in Fawn Grove, southern York County.

International Beer Day is August 5th.