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National Beer Day is a day to celebrate the end of a historical era

 

Beer is the third most popular drink in the world so naturally, it would have its own national holiday. Celebrate National Beer Day on April 7th with BFF Asian Grill and Sports Bar! 

With more than 100 beers to choose from, you’ll be making former President Franklin D. Roosevelt proud.

 

The End of Prohibition

“I think this would be a good time for a beer,”  F.D. Roosevelt said upon signing the legislation on March 22, 1933, unofficially declaring the end of prohibition. 

The law went into effect on April 7 of that year (1933) in states that had enacted their own law allowing such sales and people across the country responded by gathering outside breweries, some beginning the night before (known as New Beer’s Eve). According to the law, beer could contain up to 3.2% alcohol by weight (or 4.05% by volume) compared to the 0.5% limit of the Volstead Act because 3.2% was considered too low to produce intoxication. On that first day, 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed, inspiring the future holiday. 

While the Cullen-Harrison Act was not the official end of prohibition in the US (that happened on December 5, 1933, when the 21st Amendment was ratified), it redefined an “intoxicating beverage” under the Volstead Act, according to Wikipedia.

The History of Beer

Beer possibly dates back to 9500 BC when cereal grains were first farmed. With most cereals containing certain sugars, they can undergo spontaneous fermentation due to wild yeasts in the air. It is also recorded in the written history of ancient Iraq and ancient Egypt. It’s possible that beer-like drinks were independently developed throughout the world soon after a tribe or culture had domesticated cereal. 

As civilization developed, residues on ancient pottery can be found showing beer was brewed using barley and other grains.

Wikipedia says beer produced before the Industrial Revolution continued to be made and sold on a domestic scale, although by the 7th century AD beer was also being produced and sold by European monasteries. During the Industrial Revolution, the production of beer moved from artisanal manufacture to industrial manufacture, and domestic manufacture ceased to be significant by the end of the 19th century. The development of hydrometers and thermometers changed brewing by allowing the brewer more control of the process, and greater knowledge of the results.

Today, the brewing industry is a global business, consisting of several dominant multinational companies and many thousands of smaller producers ranging from brewpubs to regional breweries. More than 35 billion gallons are sold per year which produces total global revenues of $294.5 billion in 2006.

 

Celebrate National Beer Day

As one of the world’s oldest prepared beverages, beer has evolved with craft breweries infusing different flavors and regions across the globe incorporating various styles. 

Whether you prefer dark or pale, hoppy, bitter, smooth, you can find a world of flavor at BFF Asian Grill and Sports Bar in Arlington, TX, and Mansfield, TX.

We support local breweries!

By Leslie Radford

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