Today is National Session Beer Day. Congratulations everybody.
My sense of “That’s ridiculous” is tempered by the fact that the day does have some major historical significance. The Cullen-Harrison Act, allowing the production of beer 3.2% ABW (or about 4% ABV), was signed by then President Franklin Roosevelt on March 22, 1933, taking effect on April 7 of that same year. According to Maureen Ogle’s Ambitious Brew, news of the passage shot through the country like lightning. Brewers who had their wares at the ready (that would have gone towards near beer), lined up fleets of delivery trucks by 5 minutes to midnight, April 6. At 12:01 AM, April 7, cities across the country erupted in celebration that “Happy days,” as Gussie Busch proudly announced, “are here again.” Interesting side note: there was a such a great mass of people and cars cheering around the breweries, the trucks, in certain cities, could not get through to deliver the very thing everyone was clamoring for.
Full repeal of the 18th Amendment would take effect on December 5, 1933.
There’s a great slideshow of images at the St. Louis Dispatch
The full manuscript of the Cullen-Harrison Act can be found on Facebook.
The Session Beer Project has a manifesto for the day.
Cheers. Within reason, of course.
edit: My SO also notes that today marks the 6 year anniversary of Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on the 10th hour of the Today Show. So…there’s that.