Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Intriguing History of New Beer's Eve

The obscure holiday of "New Beer's Eve" may be a new one to you, but when our Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar heard about it, we simply had to know more. This sounds like the perfect excuse to sit on our deck overlooking the lake and enjoy a nice, cold, refreshing brew at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina

Ending Prohibition
New Beer's Eve is categorized as an unofficial holiday which is celebrated every April 6. It marks the beginning of the end of prohibition in the United States. The 18th Amendment in 1920 banned the sale of both beer and alcohol for over a decade. This didn't really work out too well for the government, because the ban was widely ignored by most. They still found ways to get it, yet tons of money was lost in potential tax dollars. 

On March 23, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act into law, which made it legal to sell beer and alcohol in the U.S.A with a low alcohol content. After signing the document, President Roosevelt made his famous remark, "I think this would be a good time for a beer.

The Wait Is Over
He, along with everyone else, had to wait a little while longer, because the law did not officially go into effect until April 7, 1933. People everywhere lined up outside of taverns, distilleries, and breweries on April 6, eagerly awaiting the chance to legally purchase beer at midnight. Someone cleverly referred to the gathering as "New Beer's Eve," and a new unofficial holiday was born! Actually, we've squeezed two holidays out of it, because April 7 is celebrated as "National Beer Day" too!   

Missouri's Famous Clydesdales Appear
A crowd of what is said to be around 25,000 gathered outside of St. Louis's own Anheuser-Busch Brewery for the first New Beer's Eve. At 12:01 am on April 7, sirens and steam whistles sounded while dozens of Anheuser-Busch trucks departed the brewery, all carrying their first beer shipments in 13 years. 

Wikipedia photo

This same day, the Budweiser Clydesdales made their first appearance. August A Busch, Jr. presented the hitch to his father, August, Sr. as a gift in honor of the important day. After carrying cases of beer in a special journey down St. Louis's Pestalozzi Street for the locals, Busch, Sr. sent the entire horse-drawn beer wagon, along with the horses, by train on a journey that eventually made its way to the White House with a delivery of beer especially for President Roosevelt. 

Beer at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina
In this day and age, we have the freedom to enjoy a beer anytime we like. Our Lake of the Ozarks restaurant keeps a fully stocked bar to make sure you can always get your favorite drink, including the coldest, most refreshing beer at the lake. You can belly up to the bar and order one at the restaurant, or head down to Shorty Pants Marina and grab a few to take out on the boat with you. 

Some of the beer choices may change during the season, but most of the time you will find: 

Bud Light
Miller Lite
Bud Select
Coors Light
Busch Light
Bud Select 55

Blue Moon
Stella Artois
Michelob Ultra
Abita Turbodog
Bud Light Lime
Angry Orchard Cider
Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat

Featured IPAs: 
Goose Island IPA
Sam Adams Rebel IPA

Featured Pale Ale:
SBC Paul's Pale Ale (Local Beer)

So join us at the best waterfront bar at the Lake of the Ozarks for New Beer's Eve, National Beer Day, or just any old day that you feel like enjoying a refreshing beer or other cocktail. While you're here, you might as well order some of our incredible Cajun dishes to help you work up an even bigger thirst! Cheers to all of you from all of us right here at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina

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