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Today is National Beer Day! This holiday is celebrated annually on April 7th, because on this day in 1933, the Cullen-Harrison Act went into effect. The act reversed Prohibition-era bans on making and selling beer in the U.S.
In fact, 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Prohibition era’s outset. Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment in 1919, launching 14 years of alcohol being completely illegal in the U.S. Fast forward a full century later, and beer is all but integral to American life.
Here are six ways to spend today celebrating one of America’s favorite drinks (and the fact that it’s fully legal):
Go on a bar crawl
If you’re more likely to drink beer at a bar or brewery than at home, this might be the activity for you. It’s also super easy to do. Just gather some friends, choose a few bars or breweries — whether ones you already know well or places you’ll visit for the first time — and hop between them over the course of an evening. If you’re really trying to be ambitious for the occasion, start your crawl sometime before sundown.
Find deals and discounts
To celebrate National Beer Day, your favorite local bar might just be offering special deals and discounts. Before you head somewhere, check that place’s website and social media pages to catch any promotions. You can also visit regional event listings websites to find out whether fun spots in your area are offering special deals.
Tour a brewery
In the U.S., breweries abound. Many of them offer tours of their processing and manufacturing plants. Spend National Beer Day not just drinking beer, but learning how it’s made, put into bottles, and distributed to your favorite store, bar, or restaurant. You’ll likely get to try small, free samples of beer along the way!
Bring a crowd to your favorite beer spot
If there’s a spot near you where you constantly go to drink beer, head there for the day, but don’t go alone. Bring a big squad of friends with you to show your appreciation to your favorite beer spot and flood it with money to help keep it going. You’ll get to drink beer, hang with friends, and build a connection with the people who operate your favorite bar or brewery.
You read that right. Beer can be used in plenty of recipes, including bread-baking. According to Genius Kitchen, any 12 ounce can of beer is enough to combine with some baking basics and toss in the oven for an hour. When your hour passes, you’ll have a delicious, fluffy bread with a crispy crust. Find the recipe here.
Do it yourself
For the truly ambitious beer drinkers, there’s always the chance to make beer at home. Home brew kits for beginners are widely available, and they’re more affordable than you might think. Don’t expect to make your favorite beer ever on your first try — just be proud of, and excited for, yourself for trying. If you’re not afraid of what other people might think, invite some friends over to try your concoction.
What do you plan to do for National Beer Day? Let us know in the comments!