Pour a pint! Thursday is National Beer Day

(File photo: The Associated Press)

(WRIC) — Cheers! Thursday is National Beer Day.

National Beer Day is a celebration of the Cullen–Harrison Act being signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933. It went into effect on April 7 of that year, allowing people to buy, sell and drink beer again after a 13-year dry spell, thanks to Prohibition in America banning the sale and consumption of alcohol.

When United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the bill into law, he reportedly said, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.”

Many agreed.

On April 6, 1933, apparently also known as “New Beer’s Eve,” thousands of parched patrons waited in line to quench their thirst at their favorite pub for the new law to go into effect. When the 21st Amendment was ratified on December 5, 1933, Prohibition in America ended for good.

Did you know that Justin Smith, a local man, first created National Beer Day “from [his] computer in Richmond” back in 2009?

According to an online interview with Smith,

National Beer Day is a chance to celebrate what beer is, and not necessarily what beer does. For me, beer is not a means to an end. It’s not something that I drink because I like the effects of beer, but for the culinary opportunity to experience new flavors; be it while eating my favorite food, smoking a favorite cigar or just appreciating the nuance that a particular brewer was able to coax out of their interpretation of a particular style of beer. There is no other drink that can do what beer does to the extent that beer does it.”

Good lookin’ out, Justin.

While many of us may not need a holiday to enjoy a refreshing brew, now is the time to kick back and enjoy a glass.

Don’t forget: Drink responsibly and always have a designated driver. If you’re sharing your celebration online, remember to post responsibly as well.

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