Today we celebrate the Cullen-Harrison Act of 1933. 78 years ago today the 33rd President of the United States famously remarked over dinner "I think this would be a good time for a beer." That very night he would go on to write a letter to Congress asking them to draft a bill allowing the sale of beer. What came out of it was an amendment to the Volstead Act known as the Cullen-Harrison Act.

The Cullen-Harrison Act, named for its sponsors, Senator  Pat Harrison and Representative Thomas H Cullen, enacted by the United States Congress March 21, 1933 and signed by the President the following day, legalized the sale in the United States of beer with an alcohol content of 3.2% (by weight) and wine of similarly low alcohol content, thought to be too low to be intoxicating, effective April 7, 1933. On this day the first legal beer in over 13 years was opened in this country.


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