Thursday, April 7, 2016

Celebrate National Beer Day by supporting Local Breweries

National Beer Day is observed on April 7th. Since I wholeheartedly believe in living local and supporting independently-owned businesses, it's a great day to celebrate nearby breweries!

Read "The History of National Beer Day" at US National Beer Day

 Graphic from Old Bust Head Brewing Company which is located in Warrenton, Virginia. Visit them on Facebook

 "The history behind the date"

To understand the origins of National Beer Day, we have to go all the way back to Jan. 16, 1919, when Congress passed the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which banned the making, transportation and sale of alcohol. Thus began the Prohibition era when Americans had to find underground, illicit ways to get their drink on.

A decade after this amendment was passed, the stock market crashed, hurling the United States into the worst economic depression it had ever experienced. When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office in 1933, seeing how the American people weren't really feeling this experiment and knowing that the halting of the production and sale of alcoholic beverages was a major loss of jobs and revenue, he and the new Congress planned to repeal the 18th Amendment. This meant that two-thirds of the states had to ratify the repeal, which would take months.

However, until Congress could pass what would become the 21st Amendment, President Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act on March 22, 1933, which amended the much-maligned Volstead Act of 1919 to once again allow the sale and consumption of low-alcohol beer and wine in public. The Cullen-Harrison Act went into effect on April 7, 1933, which is why we celebrate National Beer Day on this date. Source

Since I'm in Delaware here are a few I've been around the First State:

Dogfish Head in Milton and Facebook

3rd Wave Brewing Company in Delmar and Facebook

16 Mile Brewing Company in Georgetown and Facebook

Delaware Hop Scene offers more listings at and Facebook

A couple of local Maryland breweries:

Evolution Craft Brewing in Salisbury ~ Facebook

Tall Tales Brewery in Parsonsburg ~ Facebook

Scorpion Brewing in Owings ~ Facebook

Flying Dog Brewery in Fredrick ~ Facebook

Brewers Association of Maryland ~ Facebook

Dogfish building in Milton

Ultra-cool steampunk creation in front of Dogfish

Tall Tales on the eastern shore of Maryland

Owings, MD Scorpion Brewing Company

More"The History Behind National Beer Day" at

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