Today is a celebration of beer, but more specifically, it’s a celebration of a very specific day back in 1933 when beer became legal again after America’s nearly 14 year flop of an experiment in alcohol prohibition. In March of that year, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act into law, which allowed the brewing and selling of beer once more as long as the alcohol content was less than 3.2%. The law went into effect on April 7th so a new celebration was born. This day is only about beer though, as it wasn’t until nearly the end of that year on December 5th, that prohibition finally ended and drinking alcohol returned to not being cool anymore.
Back when my father was alive, he collected German beer steins. My sister lived in Germany for a number of years when her husband was stationed there in the Army. After my dad received a few German ones, we all realized we finally had something to get the man for his birthday, so a new collection was born. Soon German-esque steins were added to his ever-expanding collection, making it hard to know which were authentically German and which had been made in Brazil and delivered by the Avon lady. But he didn’t seem to mind. Like all collections others start for you, the objects rapidly just turn into little symbolic trophies to remind you that you’re loved.
Though I’m mainly a wine drinker, I do enjoy a good beer every now and then when the weather gets warmer. By good, I mean beer with a little more power than those allowed back in the 1930’s. I guess, in the end, I just prefer a great craft beer that drinks like a wine, so I should probably just stick to wine anyway. I’ve never had the experience of actually drinking a beer out of a stein, but I always imagined it might taste better that way. Come to think of it, I’m not sure my dad ever did either. But if beer is your thing, then this is the day for you! So grab a cold one, kick back and enjoy!
Join me any and all days you like during April by celebrating a National or International Day with a doodlewash! Tag your image #doodlewashaday and I’ll feature everyone who played along on doodlewash.com at the end of the month!
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M. Graham watercolors: Quinacridone Gold, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Teal, Permanent Pale Green, Azo Orange, Pyrrol Red, Neutral Tint, and Titanium White gouache. Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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