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Cheers to Repeal Day’s 90th Anniversary

This December marks 90 years since Prohibition was repealed. The 18th Amendment, ratified Jan. 16, 1919, prohibited “the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes.”

Following the 13-year period prohibiting alcohol in America, Utah — the final state needed for a three quarters majority — on Dec. 5, 1933, ratified the 21st Amendment, repealing Prohibition. It would take about 60 years for bartending to start to return to its pre-Prohibition stature, but the U.S. today has a thriving craft and classic cocktail scene, as well as considerable innovations in beer, wine and spirits.

Repeal Day marks “a return to the rich traditions of craft fermentation and distillation, the legitimacy of the American bartender as a contributor to the culinary arts, and the responsible enjoyment of alcohol as a sacred social custom,” according to How to celebrate the day?

Stop by your local bar, tavern, saloon, winery, distillery, or brewhouse and have a drink, says “Pick up a six-pack on your way home from work. Split a bottle of wine with a loved one. Buy a shot for a stranger. Just do it because you can.”

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