There are a lot of beer-centric holidays on the brew lover's calendar. From the widely celebrated holidays of Saint Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo to the younger, more obscure days dedicated to IPAs or stouts, there seems to be a day every month to celebrate with a glass of suds. April is no different, and Sunday is (evidently) National Beer Day!
The deep scar left on our nation by the ruinous Volstead Act is still apparent on the face of American brewing, and the consolidation and homogenization of breweries during Prohibition took decades to undo. The first step in the repeal of the 18th Amendment was the signing of the Cullen-Harrison Act on March 22, 1933. The law made the sale of low-alcohol beer (below 4% alochol by volume) legal once again and took effect on April 7, 1933. In 2009 a group of beer lovers, with the support of the Brewers Assn., took to social media to drum up support for celebrating a National Beer Day.
Arbitrary? Perhaps, but the beer lovers of Los Angeles have plenty to celebrate. Los Angeles has a long -- and sometimes sordid -- brewing history. Legend claims that Hollywood bombshell Jean Harlow was present at the Eastside Brewery on April 7, 1933, to christen the first delivery truck to carry real beer from the brewery in over a decade.