Beer has been a staple world wide for as long as there has been written history. But there was a time in America where beer was outlawed and it was forbidden to sell it, make it or drink it. Now we really don’t think that stopped too many people but Prohibition did put a dent in operations. Before Prohibition there were over 700 breweries in the US, after the repeal only 300 existed.
The Cullen-Harrison Act ended prohibition on April 7th, 1933 under direction of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Of course America was in a great depression and beer seemed to help ease the pain a little. April 6th became New Beer’s Eve, and April 7th New Beer Day.
By 1982 there were only 50 beer companies left in America. Since then Anheuser Busch, Miller-Coors, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Old Milwaukee, Schiltz and Colt 45 have become foreign owned companies leaving only the Craft Beer industry operating in the United States.
They are, starting with number 10 in the top ten, the Harpoon Brewery, Stone Brewing Co., Brooklyn Brewery, Bell’s Brewery Inc., Deschutes Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and the two largest…
To celebrate New Beer Day, have yourself a cold one (Make sure it’s American unless you are from a different country and then be equally as proudly of your heritage beers.) Write a thank you letter to FDR. (Don’t expect him to respond). Start your own brewing company. (Seems like nearly everybody else is so, why not!)