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Cheers! It's National Beer Day

National Beer Day is on April 7 because that’s when President Franklin Roosevelt took the first step toward ending Prohibition and signed the “Cullen-Harrison Act” into law.

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Whether your beer of choice is on the lighter side or a hoppy IPA, Wednesday is a great day to raise a glass.

According to historians, National Beer Day is on April 7 because that’s when President Franklin Roosevelt took the first step toward ending Prohibition and signed the “Cullen-Harrison Act” into law in 1933.

The law allowed people to brew and sell beer in the United States, as long as it remained below 4.0% alcohol by volume (ABV).

Beer drinkers celebrated and were happy to purchase beer again for the first time in thirteen years.

The measure made the selling of low-alcoholic beverages like beer and wine in the U.S. legal again, and for the first time in more than a decade, Americans could enjoy a brew to celebrate.

This day was created as National Beer Day by Justin Smith, a Richmond, Virginia Craft Beer Examiner, and his friend Mike Connolly from Liverpool, England. April 7 corresponds with the date the Cullen-Harrison Act was signed into law and became active. In 2009, Smith and Connolly created a National Beer Day Facebook page. From this page, they invited friends to join, and word spread to many sources.

So, grab a beer and spend some time with friends. (Remember always to drink responsibly and never drink and drive.)

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