Original Gravity was kind enough to let MIbeerbuzz host a Michigan Beer Toast this Friday, May 11 at 6pm. Brad will also be releasing a Bourbon Barrel Aged Ginger Ale plus one dollar off pints for anyone wearing a Michigan brewery shirt. Show up early and enjoy happy hour from 3 – 6pm.
What is the Michigan Beer Toast? Michigan was the first state to ratify the 21st Amendment on April 10, 1933 which would lead to the eventual end of prohibition. Yet, it was going to take 35 more states to ratify the amendment and no one was really sure how long that process would take. America was thirsty and Washington realized that it was much easier to amend The Volstead Act by changing the allowed percentage of alcohol from .5 to 3.2 by weight. It was still up to each state to pass similar legislation to sell legal 3.2 beer. Michigan did just that and designated May 11, 1933 at 6pm as the exact time when legal beer could be purchased again.
This toast celebrates the men and women who worked to reclaim our right to drink beer and the breweries that make Michigan the great beer state.