A Brief History of National Beer Day
National Beer Day is celebrated on April 7 each year in the United States. The history of this holiday dates back to 1933 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act, which allowed the sale of beer with an alcohol content of up to 3.2% by weight. The act went into effect on April 7, 1933, marking the first time in thirteen years that beer could be legally sold in the United States.
On that day, people across the country celebrated the end of Prohibition by gathering in bars, taverns, and restaurants to enjoy a cold beer. The event was so popular that it became an annual tradition, and in 2009, a National Beer Day was established to commemorate this historic occasion.
Today, National Beer Day is celebrated with beer tastings, brewery tours, and other events promoting the craft beer industry. It has become a beloved holiday for beer enthusiasts across the country and a day to celebrate the cultural and economic contributions of beer to American society.
Survey of How Much Americans Consume Beer Per Week
According to the latest data from the Beer Institute, Americans consumed approximately 6.3 billion gallons of beer in 2020. This equates to roughly 25.2 gallons of beer per person over the age of 21 in the United States.
Another reliable source from Nationaltoday.com showcasing the survey of beer consuming by Americans.
National Beer Day Around The World
Japan : The Beer Festival takes place on June 6 where it becomes the biggest beer celebration in Japan.
Germany: Oktoberfest is the world’s most famous beer festival occurs annually in Munich, lasting from September to October.
Iceland: March 1 is the set day for Icelanders to celebrate beer.
Ireland: People of Ireland celebrate the St. Patrick's Day on March 17 where there is a huge amount of beer consumed.
Philippines: Oktoberfest is relatively a new festival, it is now the biggest annual fiesta in the country.
Some Fun Activities With Beer
1. Create your own beer cocktail - mix beer with other ingredients like juice, soda, or liquor to create a unique drink
2. Go on a brewery tour - visit local breweries and learn about the brewing process while sampling different types of beer
3. Beer and painting - take a painting class while enjoying a cold beer
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Fun Facts About Beer
- The oldest recorded recipe in the world is for beer. It was found on a 4,000-year-old Sumerian tablet.
- The strongest beer in the world is "Brewmeister Armageddon" with a 65% alcohol by volume (ABV) content.
- In the Middle Ages, beer was often brewed by monks and used as a form of currency.
- Beer is the third most popular drink in the world, after water and tea.
- The fear of an empty beer glass is called cenosillicaphobia.
- The term "beer belly" is a misnomer, as drinking beer does not actually cause the development of excess belly fat. Rather, it's a result of consuming more calories than you burn.
- There are over 7,000 breweries in the United States alone, with craft beer sales accounting for more than 25% of the overall beer market.