National Beer Day 2014 Celebrates Beginning of the End of Prohibition

Monday, 07 Apr 2014 04:49 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Monday is National Beer Day in the United States, a celebration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s beginning the process of ending prohibition. It’s also a perfect excuse to grab a cold one after work.

Roosevelt’s decision to allow the brewing and selling of beer under 4 percent alcohol ended a 13-year dry spell.

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Digging a little into the history of America’s favorite foamy beverage, the National Day Calendar found that beer has a much longer history than the United States. It dates back as far as 9500 BC, and was even found in the written history of ancient Iraq and Egypt.

To celebrate National Beer Day, Mental Floss put together a list of 25 facts you must know about beer.

Among those are the following intriguing facts: The moon has a crater named “Beer”; at the Wife Carrying World Championships, the winner gets his wife’s weight in beer; and the Great Pyramid of Giza builders received a daily beer ration as pay.

Needless to say, many are willing and even anxious to celebrate the day and give beer its rightful due as one of the world’s most popular beverages.

Although some, namely a brewery, seemed confused about the celebration.

If you have an international bent, plan ahead and next year you could extend your beer-drinking homage to beer by celebrating with Britain, which has National Beer Day as April 6, or Iceland, March 1. International Beer Day is the first Friday in August.

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