Infamous Anniversary

The first day of National Prohibition — January 17, 1920.

Today is the one-hundredth anniversary of a day that will live in infamy only marginally less so than December 7, 1941 or September 11, 2001.

Worst of all of its dreadful results, it resulted in nearly a century of bad beer. See “America’s Bad Taste in Beer Is Prohibition’s Legacy” by Neil Reid in today’s Wall Street Journal

Where’s Tom T. Hall when we need him. Actually, he’s well and 83 years old. Presumably, he still likes beer. As he said, even before the craft movement.

“I like beer, it makes me a jolly good fellow
“I like beer, it helps me unwind and sometimes it makes me feel mellow (Makes him feel mellow)
“Whiskey’s too rough, Champagne costs too much, vodka puts my mouth in gear
This little refrain should help me explain as a matter of fact I like beer”



One comment on “Infamous Anniversary

  1. […] a follow-up to my previous post Infamous Anniversary, I refer those interested to interesting articles in the BBC History Magazine, volume 21, number […]


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