National Beer Day in Celebrated every year on April 7th, but few know why. In 1933 near the end of prohibition, thousands stood on line for hours, waiting to get their first sip of legal beer in 13 years.
It was on that day that the Cullen–Harrison Act went into effect. Sponsored by Pat Harrison and Thomas H. Cullen, the new law allowed for the sale of beer (or wine) that contained less than 4% alcohol. The claim at the time was that the level of alcohol permitted was too low to be intoxicating. Now considering that most domestic beers today have roughly that much alcohol in them, and we’ve all seen someone get drunk on a case of bud light; it’s more likely that this was the government slowly stepping back prohibition.
Eight months later, on December 5th 1933, prohibition was completely reversed and everyone was once again permitted a bit of Christmas Cheer.