It was either Franklin D. Roosevelt or Homer J. Simpson who said, “To alcohol: The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.” But we have FDR to thank for National Beer Day.
Eighty-four years ago this Friday, the Cullen-Harrison Act helped solve one of life’s problems midway through the Great Depression: ending the long, insufferable drought known as Prohibition. The act, made law by President Roosevelt on April 7, 1933, legalized the sale of beer and goosed badly needed tax revenue in America, enabling breweries and taverns to finally stop serving bathtub swill.
On Friday, South Florida breweries and bars will celebrate the unofficial holiday National Beer Day with deals such as half-price growlers, craft-beer special releases and tap takeovers.
Below are 10 places to drink on National Beer Day.
Making the case as one of Palm Beach’s strongest craft beers, NOBO’s Coconut Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout clocks in at 12 percent alcohol by volume, and will make its debut as part of National Beer Day.
Passing the Cullen-Harrison Act legalized the sale of beer with up to 4 percent alcohol by volume. To mark the occasion, the brewery will offer $4 pints of Due South staples Caramel Cream Ale and Category 3 IPA. Food truck Troy’s Bar-Be-Que will be on hand from 5 to 10 p.m.
The brewery is offering half-price fills of 32-ounce or 64-ounce growlers ($3-$10) for brews on tap, including Stiltsville Pilsner, Mas Hops, Tropic of Passion and TangeRica. One exception: No fills for Imperial Chocolate Chili Stout. Food truck Grumpy Greg's BBQ will also appear.
The brewery will tap its Dread Pirate Roberts, an imperial stout brewed with raspberries, chocolate, coconut and vanilla; and its Strawberry Basil Berliner, a fruity sour brew. Two guest drafts will also be tapped: the English-style double red ale Short’s Double Magician; and Lost Abbey Track #8, barrel-aged quadruple infused with chilis and cinnamon.
Bangin’ Banjo Brewing Company, 3200 NW 23rd Ave., No. 500, Pompano Beach; 954-978-3113 or BanginBanjoBrewing.com; 2 p.m.-midnight
The Pompano Beach brewery will serve six flights — beer in sample-size glasses — of any craft beer on tap for $6.
One day after National Beer Day, the resort's Breeze Ocean Kitchen will stage a tap takeover with samples from local breweries, including Due South, Funky Buddha, Tequesta Brewing, Cigar City Brewing, Saltwater Brewery and Copperpoint Brewing.
For those nursing a sweet tooth, the Delray Beach brewery will tap its new Peanut Butter Cookie Stout, and Reely Hooked Fish Co. will serve their smoked fish dip and crackers.
Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, 8000 NW 25 St., Doral; 305-381-5718 or BiscayneBayBrewing.com; noon-1 a.m.
On Biscayne’s menu: El Watusi, an imperial stout that clocks in at 10.1 alcohol by volume, and El Roble, a Scotch Ale aged in Woodford Reserve barrels. All growlers are half-off during the brewery’s 3-7 p.m. happy hour.
Throughout the day, MIA will offer its 305 Golden Ale for $3.05 and $1 off other drafts, along with growler specials and beer cocktails.
Arguably better than a balanced, nutritious breakfast, Devour’s new CinnaMilk Cream Ale was brewed with 27 pounds of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, and will be tapped at 3 p.m. Next year, we’re hoping for Count Chocula beer. Get on that, science.
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