Have you heard the “buzz?” Get ready to raise your glasses, America. Dec. 5 is (National) Repeal Day, an annual “holiday” that celebrates a pivotal moment in history. If you're in the mood for a refreshing beverage to whet your whistle, a trip to the local bar, pub or liquor store is just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away. But back in the day, buying alcohol was not so easy – in fact, it was illegal.
In 1919, the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed by Congress, making it against the law to manufacture, sell or transport “intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes” in America. During the same year, Congress also passed the Volstead Act, which provided for the enforcement of Prohibition, despite President Woodrow Wilson’s veto. While thousands of bootlegger stills were destroyed, organized crime flourished. After 13 dry years, prohibition in America ended on this day in 1933 when the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed and ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment.
In honor of National Repeal Day, why not enjoy a tasty brew or festive cocktail with a few friends, co-workers or special someone and celebrate the constitution and the end of the Prohibition era?