As I continue on my journey of new beer knowledge and experiences, I found this little tidbit, courtesy of nationaldaycalendar.com:
Beer is one of the world’s oldest prepared beverages, possibly dating back to 9500 BC when cereal was first farmed. It was found recorded in the written history of ancient Iraq and ancient Egypt.
As the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage, beer has it’s special day in it’s honor on National Beer Day which is celebrated annually on April 7th. Celebrate National Beer Day as you choose with a pint of pale ale, mild ale, lager, stout, or maybe a wheat beer.
Following water and tea, beer is the third most popular drink overall.
NATIONAL BEER DAY HISTORY
On April 7, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt took the first step toward ending Prohibition and signed a law that allowed people to brew and sell beer, in the United States, as long as it remained below 4.0% alcohol by volume (ABV). Beer drinkers celebrated and were happy to be able to purchase beer again for the first time in thirteen years.
Our research found that this day was created as National Beer Day, an “unofficial” holiday by Eli Shayotovich, a Colorado Springs Craft Beer Examiner and his friend Mike Connolly. They chose April 7 because of the Cullen-Harrison Act being signed into law and becoming effective on this day. In 2009, A National Beer Day Facebook page was created by Shayotovich and Connolly from which they invited friends to join. From that page, word has spread and April 7 is known by many sources as National Beer Day.
So, how did you celebrate?