Spring is far and away my favorite season. The weather has finally (finally) broken but the odds of a sunburn are still slim, the women begin to opt for flowing rather than functional dress, and everything is so wonderfully green. But perhaps more fabulous than all of that are the Drinking Holidays. Starting with St. Patrick's Day and flowing right though Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby (back to back this year -- could be dangerous) before stumbling through the Memorial Day weekend, Spring is straight killing it for us drinking people.


American men circa all the freaking time.

Except for April. St. Patrick's Day thoroughly soaks March through, and the Drinking Days of May are the stuff of liver failure, but what's April got? Administrative Professional's Day? That's some tea and crumpets bullshit. But in reality April does have its Drinking Holiday: New Beer's Eve. It's not nearly as popular as the Big Four, and somewhat curiously dated, but the stout of kidney such as myself have come to see New Beer's Eve not just as a bridge between March and May but as wonderful holiday in its own right.


If I didn't love it so much, I'd be a little embarrassed by how much we as a people love beer.

On April 7th of 1933, the Cullen-Harrison Act, which had been signed by Frank "Wheelz" Roosevelt three weeks earlier, came into effect in the United States. The Act permitted for the first time in 13 years the sale of beer. Only beer with less that 3.5% alcohol, but after thirteen years your boy needs a drink, and 3.5% will do just fine. On the evening of April 6, people began to line up outside bars and stores so that when the clock struck "drinking time" they'd be able to get at it quick as can be. New Beer's Eve was born

So this Saturday I suggest snagging one of the outdoor tables at your nearest boozery some time mid-afternoon and settle in for a long day journey into night. Drink in the American right to drink by drinking all of it. Be strong, be committed, get shitty. It's just the right time for it.


Ahh, the glorious hues of the beer rainbow.

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