Monday, April 07, 2008

75 years ago today....

The United States and most of the world was in the midst of the Great Depression. The unemployment rate in the US was 24.9 percent. The average American might have wanted to go hang a head over a beer and drown one's sorrows. But they weren't allowed.

Until this date in 1933.

On this day in 1933 the Volstead Act, which had brought about Prohibition, was revised to allow beer to be sold and served - legally. Eight months later, the 21st Amendment officially ended Prohibition. (And Canadian whiskey merchants and rum-runners went out of business.)

The beer was weak. Just 3.2 percent alcohol.

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