Beer Day from Smoller


Here’s a shameless plug for an upcoming show on A&E network.

It could be of interest to no one other than myself, then again, maybe some others.


Beer Day Cometh 

On Saturday, April 7, let’s all raise a pint to celebrate the day (3.2 percent) beer became legal in 1933.

74 years ago, on April 7, 1933, beer once again became legal. But even so, Prohibition hadn’t been repealed.The 18th Amendment, ratified on January 16, 1919, had prohibited the manufacture and sale of “intoxicating liquors…for beverage purposes”. The wording left it up to Congress to define “intoxicating”, which Congress did later that year, in the Volstead Act, as any alcoholic beverage greater than 0.5%.But on April 7, 1933, Congress, upon the urging of newly-elected Democratic president FDR, passed legislation which defined 3.2% alcoholic beverages as non-intoxicating (!) and thus legal under the 18th Amendment. In celebration, 1.6 million barrels of beer were consumed in a 24 hour period. If that were all in beer cans, which it wasn’t, the happy folk would have consumed more than 529 Million cans of beer in one day. Now that’s what I call a party!

It wasn’t until December 5, 1933, that the 21st Amendment was ratified, thus repealing the 18th Amendment. At that point, beers stronger than 3.2% (and wines and spirits) were allowed to be produced and sold … but only if they were allowed by a state or municipality.

Saturday April 7, 2007
8pm M, 9pm C, 10pm E&P American Brew (A&E network)

Sunday, April 8, 2007

12am M, 1am C, 2am E&P American Brew (A&E network)


4 Responses to “Beer Day from Smoller”

  1. Doug Says:

    (Gotta say it) I’ll drink to that…

  2. Mad Dog Says:

    What? They only drank the equivalent of 529 million cans of beer? C’mon! That was so puny only because it was before the time of BALTA!

    Bumper sticker seen in Las Cruces, NM on April 5, 2007: “Homer, Alaska, a quaint drinking village with a fishing problem.”

  3. John Smoller Says:

    T shirt sighted in Maine….

    “Drinking will continue until morale improves.”

    That should have been trademarked years ago!

  4. Mad Dog Says:

    “Sir John Sinclair, in his ‘Code of Health,’ relates that a Mr. Vantom drank 36,688 bottles, or 59 pipes of port wine, in the space of twenty-three years, and not many years ago a friend of mine consulted Dr. Jephson, at Leamington, for an incipient attack of delirium tremens, which eventually carried him off. ‘What wine do you drink?’ asked the doctor. ‘I can easily answer that question.’ responded the patient, ‘five hundred and forty-seven bottles and a half.’ The worthy M.D. looked surprised. ‘Yes,’ replied the other, ‘a bottle and a half of port every day, and if I miss it one day, I soon make up the loss by an extra allowance the next.'”
    – My Recollections from 1806 to 1873 By Lord William Pitt Lennox

    “Which is the properest day to drink,
    Saturday, Sunday, Monday?
    Each is the properest day, I think,
    Why should I name but one day?
    Tell me but yours, I’ll mention my day,
    Let us fix on some day:
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,
    Saturday, Sunday, Monday.”
    – Thomas Arne (18th century composer)

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