Beer Trivia: 10 Facts That Beer Lovers Will Appreciate! by Donna John
To mark our nation's 240th birthday, the Beer Institute released the top 10 facts for July 4th about the beer industry!
- Last year Americans spent an estimated $1 billion on beer to celebrate Independence Day.
- Thomas Jefferson was said to have composed the first draft of the Declaration of Independence over a cold draft at the Indian Queen tavern in Philadelphia.
- The first colonial brewery was built in 1632 on Brewers Street in New Amsterdam, now New York City. Today, there are over 5,500 licensed breweries in the U.S.
- George Washington was an accomplished brewmaster, and he maintained a private brewery at his home in Mount Vernon.
- During Colonial Times the American brewing industry was so well established that George Washington other patriots argued for a boycott of English beer imports.
- As Commander of the Continental Army, George Washington proclaimed that every one of his troops would receive a quart of beer with his daily rations.
- On March 22, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed legislation allowing people to buy, sell and drink beer containing up to 3.2% alcohol by weight. The law went into effect on April 7, which is now celebrated as National Beer Day.
- In 1862 President Lincoln signed legislation to tax beer to help finance the government during the Civil War. Today, federal, state and local governments collect more than $48.5 billion in tax revenue from the beer industry.
- Beer still remains important today as roughly 1.75 million Americans have jobs as a result of the American beer industry.
- Last July 4th weekend AAA estimated that about 35.5 million Americans took a trip in a car. The Beer Institute urges everyone to drink responsibly this July 4th weekend as well as throughout the year.
Have a great 4th!