07 April 2008
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition in the US....so here's your history lesson for the day. In 1932 FDR ran his presidential campaign with the promise to repeal prohibition. Now he claimed he was doing it to stop organized crime from profiting through bootlegging, but we all know he really just wanted to legally crack open a beer. Of course he was elected, and in 1933 (do the math), he repealed prohibition. What most people don't know is that in April 1933, FDR raised the legal alcohol level to just over 3%, which in that day made it just enough for the typical American Lager beer to be legal, but not high enough for regular spirits. Of course this is where August Bush, of Budweiser-fame, marched the Clydesdales through the newly opened door and into history. So be sure to toast FDR when you pop a brew this week.