5 Books to Read On National Beer Day

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On April 7, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt took the first step toward ending Prohibition and signed a law that allowed people to brew and sell beer, in the United States, as long as it remained below 4.0% alcohol by volume (ABV). Beer drinkers celebrated and were happy to be able to purchase beer again for the first time in thirteen years.

Our research found this day was created as National Beer Day by Justin Smith, a Richmond, Virginia Craft Beer Examiner, and his friend Mike Connolly from Liverpool, England. April 7th was chosen because the Cullen-Harrison Act was signed into law and became active on this day. In 2009, Smith and Connolly created a National Beer Day Facebook page. From this page, they invited friends to join, and word has spread to many sources that April 7 is National Beer Day. Here are five brewtastic books that you can read to impress your friends at pub trivia or on the Uber ride home from a good night out on the town.

Brewing Up A Business by Sam Cologne

Starting with nothing more than a home brewing kit, Sam Calagione turned his entrepreneurial dream into a foamy reality in the form of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, one of America’s best and fastest growing craft breweries.

Goodnight Brew by Karla Oceanak

This humorous parody of a children’s literature classic is a “pitcher book” for grown-ups. It’s the perfect anytime story for beer lovers everywhere!

The Complete Beer Course by Joshua M Bernstein

It’s a great time to be a beer drinker, but also the most confusing, thanks to the dizzying array of available draft beers. Expert Joshua M. Bernstein comes to the rescue with The Complete Beer Course, demystifying brews and breaking down the elements that make beer’s flavor spin into distinctively different and delicious directions.

Clone Brews by Tess Szamatulski

Brewing home versions of popular commercial beers has never been simpler.

1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die by Adrian Tierney-Jones

Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in the world, the most refreshing, the most sociable, and the most versatile. It has been brewed since the dawn of time and still has the capacity to delight and obsess its many adherents. This bewitching, thirst-inducing, gorgeously illustrated book is a guide to the best beers in the world with a succinct history of the breweries, tasting notes, temperature recommendations, and what food to serve them with, together with entertaining anecdotes about the breweries.

How to Celebrate National Beer Day in Phoenix, AZ

It is no secret that this book-lover is from Phoenix, AZ. Lawn Gnome Publishing is right across the street from an amazing watering hole equipped with craft beer and wine. The Lost Leaf has been a staple to the Roosevelt Row Arts District for a decade, with live music 365 days of the year, with absolutely no cover. Join me for National Beer Day at this awesome little hub of brews and creativity!


National Beer Day at the Lost Leaf Downtown Phoenix




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