New Beer’s Eve in the United States Date in the current year: April 6, 2018

New Beer’s Eve in the United States New Beer’s Eve is an unofficial holiday in the United States celebrated the night preceding National Beer Day. It marks the end of the Prohibition in the United States, a 13-year period when the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages were banned nationwide.

The National Prohibition Act was passed by the Congress in October 1919, over President’s veto. The United States went dry on January 17, 1920. Despite the good intentions of temperance activists, the Prohibition had a lot of negative effects such as the rapid rise of speakeasies (illicit establishments selling alcohol beverages), the growth of organized crime and corruption, unemployment, tax loss, and more.

The beginning of the end of the Prohibition occurred as a result of the Cullen—Harrison act of 1933 that legalized the sale of beer with an alcohol content of 3.2% by weight (4% by volume) starting April 7, 1933. The anniversary of the day when sales of beer in the United States became legal is now celebrated as National Beer Day.

Then night preceding this day is referred to as New Beer’s Eve to commemorate how people lined up outside taverns and breweries on the evening of April 6, 1933, waiting for midnight when they would be able to legally buy beer for the first time in more than a decade.

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Unofficial Holidays

Country

USA

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New Beer’s Eve in the United States, National Beer Day, unofficial holiday, Prohibition in the United States