April 7, 1933 was proclaimed by President Roosevelt as the first National Beer Day formally ending prohibition and signaling the beginning of brewing freedom in America. Today, in Tampa Bay (my home) we lay claim to over 50 local and award-winning craft breweries from mom-and-pop start-ups brewing on a 3 barrel system to monolithic giants brewing millions of barrels a year.
Here’s a short video from WFLA Channel 8’s Daytime segment about National Beer Day:
According to the Craft Brewers Association, a craft brewery must be small (less than 6 million barrels produced in a year), independent (less than 25% of its ownership lies outside the craft brewing industry) and traditional (in other words the brews rely on barley, hops, yeast and water and exclude malt beverages.) It’s a great time to be an American – free to consume the beverage of choice, and for me, that means craft beer!
For men and women everywhere, today is a day of celebration… moderately and responsibly – enjoy!