There has been lots of talk today about Brew Year’s Eve. I had never heard of any such event until yesterday myself, so I thought I would share with all of you a bit of history about this day and how great it is for the beer community. I found a lovely article from www.CraftBeer.com, enjoy!
Brew Year’s Eve
By Meghan Storey
America’s craft brewers and beer lovers across the country will be celebrating Brew Year’s Eve with a craft beer in-hand on April 7.
Brew Year’s Eve celebrates the eve of the modification of the Volstead Act which raised the legal alcohol percentage of beverages from .05 percent to 3.2 percent, allowing some beers to be legal once again on April 7, 1933. Over 1.5 million barrels of beer was consumed during the first 24-hours after the modification of the act!
Eight months later, the 21st Amendment was ratified, ending Prohibition after nearly 13 years. Only half of America’s breweries survived to see the end of Prohibition, which came on December 5, 1933.
“Prohibition caused a dramatic decline in the number of breweries in the United States, but the number of breweries is now at an all-time high,” said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association. “With well over 100 new brewery openings in 2010, plus 618 breweries in planning stages, all signs point to continued growth for the industry.”
Remember to raise a glass on April 7 in honor of Brew Year’s Eve. There has never been a better time to be a craft beer drinker in America!~
So, ladies (and gentlemen), grab a beer of your choice, and celebrate! Plus, Untappd will be offering a special badge for the day so be sure to check it in. Me? I’ll be checking out Appalachian Brewing Company‘s new Raspberry Imperial Porter, but more on that later.