December 5 is Repeal Day. Crack open a delicious brew and enjoy, for many years ago you wouldn’t have legally been able to.
- Prohibition lasted 13 years. 13 F*&@!NG YEARS!!!
- 1830′s: Rise of theTemperance movement (Push for no alcohol)
- 1855 – 13 states have banned alcohol
- 1869 – National Prohibition Party is formed (A political party, like Republican or Democrat)
- 1890 – First Prohibition Party Member Elected To The House
- 1893 – Anti Saloon League Formed. An anti alcohol superpower. Bigger than Women’s Temperance, and Prohibition Party. Lobbied all levels of gov’t against beer, wine, spirits. (Buzzkills)
- 1917 – Volstead Act aka The National Prohibition Act. Cleared the way for 18th Amendment.
It states :
An Act to prohibit intoxicating beverages, and to regulate the manufacture, production, use, and sale of high-proof spirits for other than beverage purposes, and to ensure an ample supply of alcohol and promote its use in scientific research and in the development of fuel, dye, and other lawful industries
The act did everything but specifically prohibit the USE of intoxicating liquors. In this case – HIGHER than .5% ABV. Liquor production fell into the hands of gangs and criminal organizations – the likes of people like Al Capone.
What did the groups think alcohol in the hands of the citizens of the United States would do?
The emphasis on alcoholic drink stemmed not so much from a moral opposition to liquor as from a pragmatic one. Alcohol abuse, said the Prohibitionists, led to chronic illness, job loss, spouse andchild abuse, and impoverishment. The best way to reduce social ills, they maintained, was to eliminate alcoholic consumption.
- 1919 – Volstead Act passes. No more alcohol. (Goodbye beer)
Near beer – aka non alcoholic beer could be made during prohibition: Pablo by Pabst, Famo by Schlitz, Vivo by Miller, Lux-O by Stroh and Bevo by Anheuser-Busch.
- 1932 – Herbert Hoover in a Republican Party presidential acceptance speech, calls for the end of Prohibition
- March 23, 1933 FDR signs Cullen-Harrison Act. Some alcohol legal.
- April 7th, Cullen-Harrison Act 4% beer re-legalized. Within 24 hours, 1.5 million barrels of 3.2% beer was sold.
- December 5, 1933 – Prohibition officially repealed
The beer industry suffered tremendously after prohibition. there were over 1,700 breweries in the US, before and by 1934 under 750. Sales didn’t rebound to pre-prohibition sales until the mid-1970′s. [History, PBS]