Drinking holidays are proof that humans are fundamentally good at heart.
Asked when I “should’ve” been born, I say 1943 most of the time.
PROS of being born in 1943
- I see Elvis live, I get wasted at Kinks concerts.
- Most importantly: I peak at the same time as the Rolling Stones. I’m 25 at the release of Beggar’s Banquet, 29 for Exile on Main Street.
CONS of being born in 1943
-I miss out on the drunk heroes who created this holiday in 1933 as they celebrated the beginning of the end of prohibition.
NEW BEERS EVE AND NATIONAL BEER DAY
FDR was sworn in on March 4, 1933. At that time, you could only drink Bud Light Lime. The maximum legal alcohol content of beer was 0.5%. Prohibition wouldn’t be technically repealed and liquor legalized until December, but one of FDR’s first acts as president was to sign the Cullen-Harrison Act, increasing the maximum alcohol content to 3.2%.
This increase took effect at midnight on April 7, 1933. On the night of April 6, huge crowds of party people lined the streets outside breweries and bars in anticipation of drinking real beer. This night would become known as New Beers Eve, and April 7 as National Beer Day. They measured it in barrels, so who knows how much it would be now, but the amount of beer consumed was nothing short of redonkulous.
Someone named it NEW BEERS EVE. I wanna marry whoever this hero was reincarnated as.