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There’s an unofficial holiday up this weekend, and we’re glad it’s landed on a Saturday. National Beer Day is taking place on April 7. The observation marks the day that the Cullen-Harrison Act was enacted. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the law in 1933, which made buying, selling and drinking beer and wine legal for the first time since Prohibition in 1920. After putting his name on the law, FDR reportedly said, “This is a good time to have a beer.”
Since it is only Thursday, we thought the best way to celebrate early was with fun facts about beer (we can celebrate with a glass the day of!)
- According to a 2016 Gallup poll, beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in America.
- From March 1921 until November 1921, people were prescribed “medical beer” after a temporary law allowed people to skirt the laws of Prohibition. Congress quickly took back their decision.
- Stanford researchers found that beer bubbles create a gravity-defying loop. Bubbles head up in the center where frictional drag from the glass is less and down on the outside, as the top gets crowded.
- Beer commercials in the United States never show people drinking the beer. Federal law prohibits advertisers to show people consuming alcoholic beverages on television.
- In Argentina, political parties have their own brands of beer.
- The world’s oldest brewery can be found in Germany and is nearly 1,000 years old. It’s been in continuous operation since the year 1040.
- In Russia, beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage until 2013.
- McDonald’s franchises in France, Germany and Austria have been on the menu.
- Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass.
If you plan to celebrate the occasion this weekend, please remember to do so responsibly. From all of us at Lions Pride, we’d like to wish a safe and enjoyable weekend.