While National Beer Day is an unofficial holiday, it's a marvelous way to celebrate a beverage that has been around for thousands of years — except for a rather unpleasant time during Prohibition — the ratification of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — banned the sale, manufacture, and transport of intoxicating liquors, notes, History.com notes. Even when it was banned, Americans could still get it.

This holiday is a celebration of the end of Prohibition after an amendment by the Cullen-Harrison act upped the beverage’s alcohol content from .5 percent alcohol to those with more than 3.2 percent alcohol.

With the end of Prohibition, folks could now legally brew, buy and sell beer with an alcohol content measuring 3.2 percent.

In December 1933, Prohibition was shuttered eight months after the act went into effect.

Beer available all over the world

The United States is in good company regarding drinking beer because China is the largest beer-brewing country in the world, having produced some 465 million hectoliters in 2013. Worldwide, there are about 10,000 breweries. So there are definitely plenty of different kinds of beer for every taste.

Beer is so popular in fact, that worldwide, it’s the most widely consumed alcoholic drink and ranks as the third-most popular drink behind water and tea. And the brewing industry is huge on a global level, consisting of a batch of multinational corporations and thousands of smaller producers.

So what beers are your fellow Americans drinking?

Nationwide, we seem to like our lagers, and Fox News reports that’s the most popular kind of beer, and it represents a staggering 80 percent of all beer sold by volume. Americans in the South and Midwestern go for lager in a big way.

And in the West, people in Colorado prefer golden wheat beers, and those of us who call ourselves Californians and other states along the Southwest border prefer our Mexican lagers.

I think it's time for me to celebrate National Beer Day, and frankly, a tall, cold beer sounds just about right. Preferably with a squeeze of lime.


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