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New Beer's Eve – April 6, 2023

New Beer’s Eve is celebrated every year on April 6 to mark the end of the prohibition era in America. President Franklin Roosevelt called an end to the prohibition and declared that there will be no restrictions on drinking, purchasing, serving, and brewing alcohol. On this day, people headed back to bars and taverns to enjoy a tall drink of their favorite alcohol. Today, of course, it is impossible to imagine a time when the consumption of alcohol was prohibited, but thankfully since 1933, America has not imposed a prohibition. With legal drinking age restrictions and moderation in consumption, drinking can be a very enjoyable activity.

History of New Beer's Eve

From 1920 to 1933, America experienced the period of Prohibition. This means all forms of alcohol were prohibited. In 1933, President Roosevelt lifted the Prohibition, and alcohol was freely flowing again. People celebrated the end of Prohibition by enjoying their first drink (legally) in nearly 13 years. Ever since that night, April 6 has been celebrated as New Beer’s Eve. Americans drank up to 1.5 million gallons of beer in the first 24 hours of the end of Prohibition.

We don’t really know when the first beer was brewed. The residue of the first known barley beer was found in a jar at the Godin Tepe excavation site in modern-day Iran, putting it at around 3400 B.C. Historians have theorized that beer, like bread, developed best in agrarian societies where there was enough grain and time for fermentation. The Babylonians had about 20 recipes for beer, Egyptian Pharaohs were buried with vats of beer, and even preferred paying workers in beer!

Over the centuries, beer’s popularity has risen and fallen and risen again. In America, Prohibition led to the invention of watered-down beer, something that still exists, especially among mass-marketed beers. With a change in taste and demand for more flavors, craft beer has made serious gains in the market. They are even helping revive ancient recipes. Beer cocktails are also quickly becoming a favorite. Since beers are relatively low in alcohol content, refreshing, and available in a variety of flavors, they were never out of popularity.

New Beer's Eve timeline

1420
Beer in Germany

The Germans begin to brew beer.

1860
Louis Pasteur

The inventions of fermentation as Pasteur observed them, are still in use for brewing beers.

1873
Brewing Becomes Global

It is agreed that any place with clean, drinking water can brew its own beer.

1970s — 1980s
Microbreweries

The first microbreweries open in Europe.

New Beer's Eve FAQs

Is beer good for health?

Drinking alcoholic beverages, including beer, by healthy people seems to reduce the risk of developing heart disease.

Does beer make you fat?

Any alcoholic drink will make you fat if you eat food at the same time, as alcohol affects your body’s ability to metabolize calories.

Is it okay to have a beer a day?

Moderate alcohol use for healthy adults generally means up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men.

New Beer's Eve Activities

  1. Drink a glass of beer

    The best way to celebrate New Beer’s Eve is by drinking a tall glass of beer. Crack open a cold one after a long day and relish the taste of your favorite beers. Don’t forget to share with your friends.

  2. Visit a microbrewery

    You can also celebrate New Beer’s Eve by visiting a microbrewery. The microbrewery is a great place to taste beers in a variety of flavors, bitterness, and texture. And of course, you get a wide variety of food too.

  3. Post on social media

    Spread the word about New Beer’s Eve by posting about it on social media. Tag your friends and ask them to post about their favorite beers and beer cocktails too.

5 Interesting Facts About Beer

  1. Oldest recorded recipe

    The first recipe for beer was written down in 5000 B.C.

  2. World’s most consumed alcoholic drink

    After water and tea, it is the most consumed beverage.

  3. Beer can have a strong alcohol content

    The beer “Snake Venom” has an alcohol content of 67.5%.

  4. Not all beers are equally popular

    Lager is the most popular of all beers.

  5. Beer can be healthy too

    Beer contains minerals, vitamins, fiber, and polyphenols.

Why We Love New Beer's Eve

  1. It’s everyone’s favorite drink

    Everyone loves a good beer. Beers have also become central to celebrations, parties, and sports events. New Beer’s Eve celebrates the drink that is ever-present in our good times.

  2. It’s a versatile drink

    Beers also make for great fermentors, and they can be used to bake bread. Beers have also been used as a hair conditioner. New Beer’s Eve also celebrates the remarkable versatility of the drink.

  3. It’s an ancient drink

    Beer is one of the oldest drinks known to humankind. New Beer’s Eve also celebrates our centuries-old relationship with the drink and how it has changed over time.

New Beer's Eve dates

YearDateDay
2023April 6Thursday
2024April 6Saturday
2025April 6Sunday
2026April 6Monday
2027April 6Tuesday

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