Hoppy New Beer’s Eve Saturday — have a shandy

   April 3, 2013 6:07 am    1

 

beerSunday,  savvy suds lovers will celebrate the 80th anniversary of Prohibition’s end on April 7, 1933 — National Beer Day, called to my attention by KRUPS, the coffee maker people who dabble in the Beertender – a kitchen appliance that is a mini-keg.

The hoppy holiday makes the night before New Beer’s Eve, and of course it has its own Facebook page.

Where did National Beer Day come from? Prohibition, of course!  On April 7th, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act. It ended the 13 years of alcohol prohibition in the United States. Clever folks made beer the night before to celebrate. 

Even if you don’t like beer, you can celebrate with a shandy, or shandygaff – beer mixed with soda, lemonade, ginger ale or even cider. Wikipedia says a shandy with beer and cider is called a snakebite.

If you’d like a Heineken with that, here’s a picture of the Beertender — the ultimate at home draft beer experience. It costs around $150 and holds five liters of beer that stays fresh for three days. Here comes a weekend to celebrate beer and ingenuity. Cheers!  

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one. 

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One Response to “Hoppy New Beer’s Eve Saturday — have a shandy”

  1. Dave says:

    I am sure the folks who made beer to celebrate were more clever than you give them credit for. Making beer takes much longer than one day, so they must have planned farther in advance.

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