Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Repeal! Repeal!

7 comments:

Bob said...

I thought I finally had put a stake through the heart of this canard. Repeal of the 18th Amendment began on December 5, 1933 with the passage of the 21st Amendment.

Julia Herz of the Association of Brewers has even changed their informative chart that shows the events leading up to Repeal, which includes the nullification of the Volstead Act that allowed the resumption of the brewing and selling of beer with an alcoholic strength of 3.2 % abv.

http://beertown.org/apps/75yearsofbeer/

You can't repeal an amendment without a referendum and subsequent vote, and the state referendums took place during the summer of 1933, long after April 7 had passed. April 7, 1933 signifies the resumption of 3.2% beer, not the end of Prohibition. With this logic, what do you call December 5, 1933? HINT: Repeal.

More here:

http://beerinfood.wordpress.com/2007/03/31/april-7-is-not-the-74th-anniversary-of-the-end-of-national-prohibition/

brewer A said...

"With this logic, what do you call December 5, 1933?"

Semantics?

We are having a party on April 5th to celebrate and it's a nice tie in to Repeal. Christmas is celebrated on December 25th, but Christ was probably born in April. Does that make a difference?

Jen Gregory said...

Amen, Brother Andy! A party is a party!

Bob said...

Wow. Jesus Christ makes it into a Repeal post.

BTW. Kids can drink in Europe so why not open up Flossmoor to group of 18 year olds for the April 5 party?

Same logic, actuality a lack of, but hey, "Does that make a difference?"

brewer A said...

...because the "Nullification of the Volstead Act" party sounds silly, of course. We'll call it a Repeal party anyway. Plus, all we care about is beer , and if 3.2 could flow, so be it.
In all seriousness, thanks for the history, and I will celebrate on dec. 5th as well!

BrewerM said...

oops! Brewer a was still logged on. My apologies. The above post is the full authority of brewer m

M McDermott said...

Okay, let's put off the release of bottled beers until December 5!;^)

Hey didj'all know that the Four Seasons' hit "December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" was originally titled "December 5th, 1933," and was about this piece of history? They couldn't get the lyrics to work just right, so they changed the date and subject slightly.