One of the world’s oldest prepared beverages, beer dates back to 9500 BC when cereal was first farmed. Recorded in history of ancient Iraq and Egypt. Beer is the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage. Following water and tea, it is the third most popular drink overall.
On April 7, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt took the first step toward ending Prohibition and signed a law that allowed people to brew and sell beer, in the United States, as long as it remained below 4.0% alcohol by volume (ABV). Beer drinkers celebrated and were happy to be able to purchase beer again for the first time in thirteen years. Upon signing the legislation, Roosevelt made his famous remark, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.”
The Cullen-Harrison Act went into effect, allowing people to buy, sell, and drink beer containing up to 3.2% alcohol by weight (or 4.05% by volume). While not the official end to prohibition, it did redefine an “intoxicating beverage” under the Volstead Act.
People across the country responded by gathering outside breweries, some beginning the night before. On that first day, 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed, inspiring the future holiday.
With a boom on the Coastal Connecticut craft beer scene, April 7th is a day to raise a toast to our favorite beverage, beer!
How to Celebrate National Beer Day? Tour your local Connecticut craft brewery. One of our favorites is Thimble Island Brewing Company.
Thimble Island Brewing Company, Branford Connecticut, was founded in 2010 by two guys with a dream and no formal brew training. In July 2012 the first pint of our flagship beer, American Ale, was sold at KC’s pub in Guilford, CT. Later that year they opened the doors to the public and opened the original tasting room at 53 E. Industrial Rd. For three years the company continued to expand its distribution, product line and production capacity. In July 2015 the brewery was relocated .5 miles down the road to our current facility at 16 Business Park Drive. With over 30,000 sq ft of production space, a new 30 BBL Brew house, and a beautiful new tasting room, they were finally able to meet the demands of our beer-loving community!
Today, Thimble Islands Brewery have grown to be the largest self-distributing micro-brewery in CT, with nearly 1,600 on and off-premise accounts. Their distribution department is managed by Ray Mendoza. “Ray has an excellent work ethic and his impact at Thimble Island Brewery is very much appreciated. He is an incredible asset to the company.” said Gina Gentile, Tourism and Retail Manager at the brewery.
Thimble Islands Brewery has a fleet of vans for delivery of product 6 days a week. The production is managed by Dan Cole. Thimble Island Brewery currently offer five staple products in both draft and bottles, as well as numerous seasonal and specialty products in a combination of bottles, cans and drafts. Products can be found throughout Connecticut, as well as in Rhode Island.
Thimble Island Brewery is proud to welcome visitors to come see their place! Open 7 days a week they have scheduled tours of the facility, a private event space, and fabulous tasting room that offers 16 rotating tap lines, as well as specialty casks and bottle-only releases.
For additional information please visit: thimbleislandbrewery.com