Of all the ridiculous food and drink holidays, National Beer Day is one of the few that celebrates a notable event in history. On this day in 1933, President Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act into law officially ending prohibition. But America wasn’t quite ready for the massive, high alcohol monsters that are so fashionable today. The law legalized beer as long as it was less than four percent ABV. So to celebrate the heady holiday we went in search of great beers that don’t include words like “imperial” or “double” in their names. In the immortal words of FDR, we’ll drink nothing but beer and beer itself. That was the quote that won the war right?
1. Deschutes River Ale – 4.0% ABV
This one could almost sneak in under Cullen-Harrison, but it’s got the sort of west coast hop power you’d normally associate with a bigger beer.