Prohibition, also known as the Noble Experiment, was a dark time in American history. This 13 year ban on the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol had well meaning roots, but instead, fueled corruption in government and law enforcement, as well as gave rise to organized crime. Thankfully, the repeal of the 18th Amendment with the 21st Amendment on December 5, 1933, coupled with the signing of the Cullen-Harrison Act, restored alcohol back to America. We’ve been imbibing ever since.
Craft beer drinkers have never really needed an excuse to celebrate, but now having one, how will you be celebrating? The short and easy answer, would be with a pint of locally produced craft beer. I’ve always been a proponent of locally produced craft beer for several reasons. One of the most important reasons is to support the men, women, and small businesses of the craft beer industry in your immediate area. Another great reason is that fresh craft beer is usually the best craft beer. It’s hard to get any fresher than enjoying craft beer from your local craft breweries.
But if you can’t purchase your favorite brews directly from your local craft breweries, another great way to celebrate Repeal Day is by patronizing your local craft beer establishments. The craft beer scene in San Jose is still growing but I’ve seen craft beer being sold in places I normally wouldn’t have thought of. Several local liquor stores I’ve visited have inventories that I wouldn’t have thought possible, even as recent as 2 years ago. Grocery stores are starting to carry more craft offerings as well. And while many specialty bars and restaurants will undoubtedly be having specials for the day, I’d like to focus on local craft beer bar Original Gravity.
Repeal Day at Original Gravity
Who: Original Gravity Public House
What: “Prohibition Ends At Last!”, featuring 21st Amendment Brewing
Where: Original Gravity Public House, 66 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113
When: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 @ 3:30pm
Cost: No cost to get in, just pay for the pints you drink.
Featured Craft Beers
It’s no surprise the craft beers from San Francisco brewery, 21st Amendment Brewing, will be featured. The brilliantly named company produces some fine ales. If you’re not already familiar with them, this would be a great start. Original Gravity will be pouring:
- Bitter American (Extra Pale Ale)
- Brew Free or Die (IPA)
- Hop Crisis (Imperial IPA)
- Fireside Chat (Winter Spiced Ale)
- Marooned on Hog Island (Oyster Stout)
With the exception of Marooned on Hog Island, I’ve had the pleasure of drinking all these beers before. Bitter American is one of my personal favorites as it really opened my eyes to how excellent session beers can be.
Whether you’re raising a pint of craft beer, a glass of wine, or an old fashioned with your favorite bourbon, I wish you a Happy, and Safe, Repeal Day!