Hold Your Glass High, It’s National Beer Day!

It’s blazing hot, the temperature is hovering around 95 degrees and the humidity isn’t far behind. Your body is in dire need of something wet and refreshing. The bartender of the beach bar on St. Somewhere hands you an ice cold Carib beer. You throw back your head and the golden 34 degree beverage flows into your body. A near orgasmic feeling of refreshing satisfaction falls over you. Success.

You wipe your mouth with your sweaty shirt and think to yourself, “shouldn’t a beverage this delicious and refreshing have it’s own day or something?” You’re in luck, beer does have it’s own day, it’s today, now go grab a towel.

April 7 is National Beer Day. This unofficial holiday actually has some meaning behind it. It’s the day in 1933 that President Franklin Roosevelt enacted the Cullen-Harrison Act, the first step toward the December 5 repeal of Prohibition.

Here is some Beer Day History

In 1933 during the prohibition era, the Cullen-Harrison Act was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt on March 23rd. That law was enacted on April 7th allowing the brewing and sale of beer in the United States again as long as it was < 3.2% (4% ABV). It’s said that people waited in line overnight on April 6th outside Milwaukee breweries in order to legally buy beer for the first time in over 13 years. As a result, April 7th is known as National Beer Day and April 6th is called New Beers Eve. So this April, tell all your friends about this glorious new holiday, and raise a glass, bottle, can, or mug to the deliciousness that is beer.


How are you going to celebrate National Beer Day? Okay, so it’s not the end all be all of holidays, but it’s still good to pay homage to our friend. Not having at least one beer on National Beer Day is like going to Key West and not having a cheese burger at Margaritaville. It’s like wearing black socks with sandals as you stroll Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman. It’s like going to the Miami Rum Festival and not having your picture taken with the bikini clad bartenders. It’s just something you can’t do.

I will be sitting on my patio tonight watching the sun fall from the western sky and celebrating with a refreshing Bahamian Kalik. I undoubtedly will be making embarrassing satisfaction noises with every gulp. Can’t help it, I love beer.  How will you be celebrating?

Cheers Castaways, raise that glass high.

By |2016-12-31T11:58:06+00:00April 7th, 2011|Boat Drinks, News|10 Comments

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  1. Conch Republic Bikinis April 7, 2011 at 9:40 am


    I will be having much beer today. AND I will have my picture taken in Miami with the bikini clad bartenders (hopefully some in my brand). Where did you come up with black socks on the beach? That’s just gross dude.


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    RumShopRyan April 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Hi Carl,
    Gross indeed, I see way to many crazy tourist rockin’ in the socks with sandals combo. Yes sometimes those socks are black, and sometimes they are all they way up the calf. Wrong people!


  3. Unclerico23 April 7, 2011 at 11:39 am

    National Beer Day is a holiday I can get behind! I was going to enjoy some beers tonight anyway, at least now I can say it’s for a holiday.

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    RumShopRyan April 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Everyday is National Beer Day in my house. Cheers!

  5. BahamasDread April 8, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Just love it ryan, i was at the Airport in the Bahamas, celebrating national Beer day with Free Kalik and Sands. I swear they should have this holiday like once a month.

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    RumShopRyan April 8, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I’m with you Dread! How does the new terminal look?

  7. Candice April 8, 2011 at 11:57 am

    UGHHHH why don’t we have this in Canada?!

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    RumShopRyan April 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Celebrate anyways Candice! Cheers!

  9. Justin Smith April 10, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Cheers!! My name is Justin Smith, and I am the founder of National Beer Day. When I started this holiday almost 3 years ago, I had no idea it would get so big so fast. It’s good to see this important day in our history start to get the recognition it deserves. Thank you for helping spread the word about one of my favorite days of the year!

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    RumShopRyan April 11, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Thanks for starting the great day Justin. It was a sure to take off, I mean it’s beer, everyone loves beer! Already looking forward to next year. Cheers!

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