If you’re looking for an excuse to hoist a frosty pint of brew today (as if any excuse is needed), why not toast your freedom to drink?
Seventy-nine years ago today — on Dec. 5, 1933, to spare you the math — our thirsty forefathers ratified the 21st Amendment of the United States Constitution, thereby putting an end to prohibition.
For the previous decade or so, the manufacturing and sale of booze was illegal, thanks to the 21st Amendment’s stupid little brother, the 18th Amendment. Of course, plenty of people still managed to get tipsy in speakeasies thanks to the black market dealings of mobster Al Capone and his ilk.
Like slapping a parental advisory sticker on a CD, the prohibition of alcohol seemed to only make people crave it more.
Other reasons prohibition sucked: some people mistakenly believed they could get a buzz from drinking antifreeze but died instead; violent crime skyrocketed in some areas; the KKK supported prohibition.
Before signing the papers to finally abolish prohibition, President Franklin D. Roosevelt reportedly quipped: “I think this would be a good time for a beer.”
Amen, Prez. Bottoms up.