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Got Beer? April 7th is National Beer Day, one of many National Beer Holidays. In modern times, it all began on April 7, 1933. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act, which legalized the sale of beer with an alcohol content of 3.2%. This was the first step toward the end of Prohibition*.

On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment, which was ratified on January 16, 1919. Imagine 13 years with no legal alcohol sales!

On January 16, 1919, the amendment was ratified as a part of the Constitution‡.

As important as these dates are, the following 32 dates give you “official” reasons to celebrate with a beer. Invite your friends!

Beer lovers can plan an entire year of beer celebrations on these days. We’re not listing January 1st, National Hangover Day, as one of them.

  • January 18th: Baltic Porter Day (photo #1)
  • January 24th: Beer Can Appreciation Day
  • February: Stout Month (photo #2)
  • February: Super Bowl Sunday*
  • February: 24th: World Bartender Day
  • March 8th: International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day
  • March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day*
  • March 20th: National Beer Day
  • March 23rd: Orval Day†
  • March 27th: Michael Jackson Day (honoring the great British beer expert, March 27, 1942 – August 30, 2007)
  • April 6th: New Beers Eve (on this date in 1933, people lined at pubs to drink the first legal brews in 13 year of Prohibition)
  • April 7th: National Beer Day
  • April 11th: King Gambrinus Day (the unofficial patron saint of beer and possibly, the first to add hops to beer)
  • April 17th: Saison Day (photo #5)
  • April 23rd: German Beer Day
  • April 27th: King’s Day in Holland (enjoy a Dutch beer)
  • May 7th: National Homebrew Day (1st first Saturday in May)
  • May: American Craft Beer Week (2nd full week in May)
  • June 14th: National Bourbon Day (photo #3 — an occasion to toast to Bourbon barrel-aged beers)
  • June 15th: Beer Day Britain
  • July: American Beer Month
  • July 12th: Michelada Day
  • July 18: St Arnoldus Day (the patron saint of Belgian Brewers and hop-pickers)
  • August: National IPA Day (first Thursday)
  • August: International Beer Day (first Friday)
  • September 8th: National Sour Beer Day
  • September: Oktoberfest (third week in September through the second week in October)
  • September 27th: Crush a Can Day (created to promote the benefits of recycling)
  • September 28th: National Drink a Beer Day (a.k.a. Drink Beer Day)
  • October: Barrel-Aged Beer Day (1st Friday)
  • October 9th: National Pizza and Beer Day
  • October 14th: Homebrewing Legalization Day (signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1978)
  • October 27th: National American Beer Day
  • November: International Stout Day (first Thursday)
  • November: Learn to Homebrew Day (1st Saturday)
  • December 5th: National Repeal Day (repeal of Prohibition)
  • November 12th: National Happy Hour Day
  • December 10th: National Lager Day
    There are also local beer events. Check to see what’s happening in your state!

    > The different types of beer.

    > The history of beer.

    > What are hops?

    *Not an official beer holiday, but hey!

    †This day celebrates Orval Trappist Ale, and each year, the importer of the beer will make a donation to a charity based on its U.S. sales.

    ‡On Feb. 20, 1933, Congress proposed the Twenty-first Amendment, aimed at rescinding prohibition, and in April Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act, which amended the prohibition-based Volstead Act to permit the manufacturing and sale of low-alcohol beer and wines. Ratification of the amendment was completed on Dec. 5, 1933.


    [1] Baltic Porter. January 18th is Baltic Porter Day (photo © Chuckanut Brewery And Kitchen).

    [2] February is Stout Month. Guinness is the world’s most famous stout (© ).

    [3] Abyss, a Bourbon barrel aged stout (photo © Deschutes Brewery).

    IPA Glass
    [4] IPA in a Spielgau IPA glass specially designed to enhance its hoppy flavor and aroma. The glass is available at Kegworks (photo © Kegworks).

    [5] Saison beer. All saisons are farmhouse ales, but not all farmhouse ales are saisons. More about it (photo © Beer Connoisseur).


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