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Posted April 11, 2015


The Constitutional Origins of National Beer Day

(We didn't write it, this article was stolen from


April 7 is a day celebrated nationally by beer lovers as a big anniversary near the end of Prohibition in 1933, when legal beer sales returned in the United States for the first time in 13 years.


Prohibition was one of the great constitutional experiments of the 20th century.  Between 1919, when the 18th Amendment banned the sale, making and transportation of booze, and late 1933, when the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, Americans found lots of ways to keep drinking with the help of a few unsavory friends and some resourceful home brewing techniques.


With the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt in November 1932, Prohibition was dealt a fatal blow.  The new Congress made it a priority to repeal anti-alcohol statutes, but even at a fast pace, it would take months to draft a constitutional amendment to cover all intoxicating spirits.


The Roosevelt administration was faced by a thirsty American public that also faced a crippling Depression.  So as a compromise or interim solution, the President and Congress found a way to bring beer and wine back until the 21st Amendment could legalize all forms of booze.


Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act on March 22, 1933.  It amended the much-hated Volstead Act of 1919, which was the act of Congress that enabled the 18th Amendment and Prohibition.  Back in 1919, some of the politicians who voted for Prohibition assumed that beer and wine sales wouldn’t be banned – just hard liquors – until Prohibitionists used the Volstead Act to broaden the booze ban.


The Cullen-Harrison Act allowed people to buy and drink low-alcohol content beer and wine in public, but it didn’t go into effect until April 7.


On that fateful day, large headlines in newspapers across the nation said the beer was back as the taps opened in 19 states.  In St. Louis, the Budweiser Clydesdales made their first public appearance as they pulled a beer wagon through the city.


In Washington, the owner of the Abner-Drury Brewery ordered a guarded truck to depart at 12:01 a.m. for the White House, with two cases of beer for President Roosevelt.  The shipment arrived along with a local press contingent, only to discover that Roosevelt was asleep.  The Marine who was guarding the beer opened the first symbolic beer bottle and drank it so that the press could get photographs.  Later, the President sent the beer cases to the National Press Club.


In Chicago, an estimated $5 million in beer sales happened on April 7, 1933.  There were few reports of arrests.  In Hollywood, actress Jean Harlow christened a beer delivery truck.


The Cullen-Harrison Act didn’t have a long lifespan.  It was voided when Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment in December 1933.



Here’s to you!!!!











Of COURSE, we have quotes, please … partake and enjoy!:


Here's to a long life and a merry one
A quick death and an easy one
A pretty girl and an honest one
A cold beer and another one!

~Author Unknown


Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.

~W.C. Fields


Beware, froth is not beer.

~Danish Proverb, quoted by Henry G. Bohn


I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.

~Frank Sinatra


A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo.  And when the herd is hunted, it is the lowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first.  This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.  In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells.  Now, as we know, excessive intake of alcohol kills brain cells.  But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first.  In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine.  And that is why you always feel smarter after a few beers.

~Norm on “Cheers


It takes only one drink to get me drunk.  The trouble is, I can't remember if it's the thirteenth or the fourteenth.

~George Burns


Beer is the cause and solution to all of life's problems.

~Homer Simpson


Reality is an illusion caused by a lack of good beer.

~Author Unknown


Every loaf of bread is a tragic story of grains that could've become beer.

~Author Unknown


Don't trust a brilliant idea unless it survives the hangover.

~Jimmy Breslin


They speak of my drinking, but never think of my thirst.

~Scottish Proverb


Our Lager, which art in barrels,
Hallowed be thy Drink.
Thy will be drunk at home,
As it is in the pub.
Give us this day our foamy head.
And forgive us our spillages,
As we forgive those who spill against us.
And lead us not into incarceration,
But deliver us from hangovers.
For thine is the beer,
The bitter, the lager.
For ever and ever.

~Author Unknown







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