National Beer Day and New Beer's Eve happen this weekend

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comApril 5, 2013 

Don’t be surprised if you hear the phrase "New Beer’s Eve" this weekend, which marks a quasi-milestone for beer drinkers.

Some people think national Prohibition ended April 7, 1933. That’s not the case. The April date simply marked the availability of pretty weak beer. National prohibition of alcohol in America ended Dec. 5, 1933.


How weak was the beer made available in April 1933? The alcohol content was 3.2 percent, according to Wired. For the sake of comparison, I found this handy little chart online. It notes that currently, a 12-ounce Blue Moon is 5.4 percent. A 12-ounce Bud Light is 4.2, according to the chart.

Like I mentioned, the phrase "New Beer's Eve" is often used to mark this weekend. I'd assume it refers to April 6, the night before the beer was made available. However, some people use it in reference to April 7, 1933, when the beer party action reportedly started shortly after midnight. You'll also sometimes hear people call April 7 National Beer Day.

Sure, the day isn't as cool as the end of Prohibition.

But it's still an excuse to savor your favorite adult beverage. And just think -- this time last year, you couldn't even buy beer in a Columbus supermarket on Sunday.

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