With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas just three weeks away, everyone is celebrating their favorite holidays this season. Who wouldn’t welcome another excuse to enjoy festivities with friends and family?
Well, today is the perfect occasion: It’s the 80th anniversary of Repeal Day!
Repeal Day celebrates the Dec. 5, 1933, repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment and an end to 13 years of prohibition in America. It is celebrated as the return to the tradition of producing fine alcoholic beverages; the recognition of the American bartender as a contributor to the culinary arts; and the responsible enjoyment of alcohol as a social custom. Cheers to that!
In the spirit of celebration, here are three different ways you can commemorate this notable day in American history.
1. Plan a Repeal Day party. Thanks to the first Repeal Day 80 years ago, craft beers and local breweries continue to grow in number and popularity. Invite your guests to bring a six-pack of their latest discovery or longtime favorite brew. Then, participants can taste and score the beers. In keeping with the theme, invite guests to take a step back in time to the early 20th century by serving Batch 19, a rare brew from MillerCoors inspired by an authentic pre-Prohibition recipe. For more ideas, check out our past post on a beer festival party.
2. Visit your favorite bartender. After all, if it wasn’t for the repeal of prohibition, you may not be able to enjoy a cold brew on tap or a specially made cocktail at your favorite watering hole. Lots of restaurants and pubs have specials during the holiday season, and you can find the best deals on our Beer for Here promotions page.
3. Volunteer to be the designated driver. With so many holiday parties scheduled this season, it’s important to enjoy adult beverages responsibly. The best plan is to choose a driver before the party; that way, there’s no confusion or concern when it’s time to leave. What better gift to give your friends than a fun night out and peace of mind about arriving safely home?
As you gather with loved ones to share a drink and toast the season, raise a glass to the historical significance of Repeal Day. Without it, we might not be able to savor all the season has to offer!
How will you celebrate this year?