Repeal Day, Monroe and Prohibition

A state convention gathered in Utah on this date in 1933 to ratify the 21st Amendment. A three quarter majority was needed to make it official and Utah became the 36th state to do so. Making December 5 the official day the 21st Amendment was ratified. Now this date will be known as Repeal Day.
Of course history is more complicated than that and I plan on covering some of those stories in the next few months. During my research I discovered a great blog post by Kathy Warnes. It is about Monroe during the beginning of prohibition. I will share the first paragraph then link it below. It’s fun and informative.

Rumrunner Muskrat La Framboise preferred to move his bootleg whiskey stored in jute bags tied together at the tops like ears in his boat equipped with a stopper resembling a bathtub plug. He rowed along the Detroit River Highway from Ecorse to its mouth near Monroe taking orders and delivering his liquid refreshment. When a government agent or policeman spotted him and gave chase, he pulled the plug and the boat would sink. After the drama of the chase and capture died down, he’d return to his boat and dive for his liquor, or if he had a large shipment, he would bring a few friends along to help. Muskrat became as skilled as a loon diving for fish at this method of River recycling.

Bootlegging Down The Avenue de Booze

129 Lounge, Jake’s Liquor & Atwater Hop-A-Peel Launch Party

Is everyone ready for spring? I know I am! Good news everyone! The first day of spring is only 2 weeksHop-A-Peel away. The end of this winter deserves a good party and 129 Lounge, Jake’s Liquor and Atwater are throwing one.

This is a cool event. The premiere craft beer store is getting together with one of the best and first good beer bars in Monroe to put on a launch party. I am hoping it’s a nice enough night to walk down and enjoy some Hop-A-Peel. Let’s think positive.

129 Lounge, Jake’s Liquor & Atwater Hop-A-Peel Launch Party

Thursday, March 20 7:00pm until 10:00pm

Come join us at The 129 Lounge in conjunction with Atwater Detroit Brewery and Jake’s Liquor for Atwater’s 2014 launch of Hop-A-Peel!!! It’s the first time Hop-A-Peel will be available in bottles, Jake’s Liquor will be taking care of that, and we’ll have pints and samplings on tap of this wonderful I.P.A. from Detroit’s Atwater Brewery!!! We’ll have MI Craft Beer specials, stuff to give to you, Atwater Beer, more stuff, drinks, and fun. Come out and show your support for Atwater Detroit, Jake’s Liquor, and 129 Lounge…Say YES to Michigan!!!

Short’s Beer Tasting in Monroe

From the Short’s Brewing website…

Jake’s Liquor Store Beer Tasting

02/07/2014 6-8 pm @ Monroe, MI

Jake’s Liquor is hosting a Short’s Brewing Co. beer tasting. Come visit this great bottle shop to sample free Short’s and chat with Short’s Beer Liberator, Brian Talpos, as he guides your through the tasting. He will be happy to answer any beer related questions you may have!

1092 N Dixie Hwy Monroe, MI 48162

(734) 243-1133

Adrian Beer Week Ends with Blues & Brew

The second annual Blues & Brews Festival on October 19 finishes off a whole week of celebrating Michigan in Adrian. I am sad that I can’t make it to the main event but I am hoping to get one of adrian 2these events…

Monday: The Brick Wall & Pub featuring Paw Paw Brewing Company.

Tuesday: El Chapulin / Grasshopper featuring The Hideout Brewing Company.

Wednesday: Hooligan’s Grill featuring Ann Arbor Brewing.

Thursday: Sauce Italian Grill & Pub featuring Schmoz Brewery.

Friday: Mandy’s Uptown Bar & Grill featuring Petoskey Brewing.

I am impressed that Adrian is a having beer week. It’s a town that is around the same size as Monroe and I am not sure it could be done here. Plus they have a brewery with Cotton Brewing Company. Good job Adrian beer geeks!

Adrian Blues and Brews Fest

 October 19th, 2013 3-9pm

$25 in advance, $30 at the door.

You may purchase tickets at United Bank & Trust locations in Lenawee County or click here for tickets and more information.

 

Detroit Fall Beer Fest Goes on Sale August 1st 10AM

From the Michigan Brewers Guild…

5th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival

Eastern Market, Detroit

Friday, October 25, 2013 – 5pm to 9pm Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 – 1pm to 6pm

Tickets on sale Aug. 1 @ 10am

Enthusiast member pre-sale . July 31, 12am to 11:59pm (limit 1 pre-sale ticket purchase per Enthusiast)

About the Event:

Join the Michigan Brewers Guild at Eastern Market in October for one of the largest all-Michigan beer tastings around. Attendees can enjoy some incredible food from Detroit area restaurants (available for purchase) and listen to a talented line-up of local musicians while sipping any of more than 400 craft beers from over 50 Michigan breweries.

Ticket Sales:

Purchase tickets beginning August 1 at 10am. Tickets for the Detroit Fall Beer Festival will be available online only prior to the festival. Any remaining tickets will sold at the gate on the day of the event – but this festival is expected to sell out, so we encourage you to buy tickets in advance.

Click here for link.

May 11, 1933

I’m reposting my article from a few years ago in commemoration of the amended Volstead Act on this day at 6pm.

It’s Thursday, May 11th 1933 at 6pm. What would you as a beer drinker be doing? Most likely waiting in line to buy your first legal beer in Michigan for 15 years. Since the beer law was signed on April 7th, the state was preparing for this moment. Trucks and trains full of beer had been delivered to warehouses around the state for the sale of 3.2 beer. Yes, in spite of Michigan being the first state to repeal the 18th amendment on April 10, 1933. You could not sell beer until May 11th. Detroit got its first taste of legal beer on May 10th. One hundred and fifty barrels went on sale that night at a special charity ball by the American Legion. Now, it was the rest of the state’s turn.

Tax on the sale of beer was not the only way the government made money. License fees also brought in revenue to the state. While beer sat in warehouses, license seeking business owners like bar owners, retailers, restaurants hotels and clubs lined up at government bureaus hoping to get one before the flag dropped on selling of beer. In Escanaba the licenses were actually flown in by airplane to insure that beer could be sold on May 11th.

Most Detroit breweries would not have their beer ready till late June or early July. One exception was Stroh’s. They were prepared for selling their beer. They had 15 to 20 thousand cases ready to compete against the out-of-state breweries. In spite of breweries from other states and Canada pouring in shortages were expected.

Why did it take so long after the U.S. government amended the Volstead Act to make 3.2 beer legal? Obviously, Michigan wanted alcohol to be legal. The state was the first to repeal the 18th amendment on April 10th. It was basic government bickering over how to legislate beer. They didn’t want the problems that they had before prohibition. Also, the business had been ran by the mob for the last 15 years and they needed that to be addressed. Unfortunately, what they created was a lot of bureaucracy that is still handcuffing breweries in this state today.

Here is just a sample of the new laws enacted. Beer must be sold to a customer seated at a table. There is no free beer with food, no curb service, no free lunch and no gambling, drunkenness or idling on the premises. All packages must have the state tax stamp put on before it is turned over to retailers. No sales between the hours of 2am and 7am. No wholesaler or brewery can make deliveries to homes. The last law mentioned still hurts MI’s brewing and wine industry today. One thing of interest was that the drinking age was 18.

The May 12, 1933 Monroe Evening News reported that sales were disappointing here in Monroe. I blame Ohio. They had legal 3.2 beer on April 7th. In Detroit though the party was big. Woodward Avenue was the scene of a party that was compared to an holiday parade. Fortunately, there were only 15 arrests.

So this May 11th at 6pm raise a glass to legal beer in Michigan. It was beginning of a Michigan’s great brewing industry. A brewing industry that is respected and apprecaited all over the world. Oh… and when you do toast, please don’t use 3.2 beer. Toast with one of the finest beer’s Michigan has to offer.

Smitten Golden Rye Ale Available Today

A month ago I posted about a new beer from Bell’s with the promise that I would keep you updated on when it would be released. Good news! that day is today. Smitten Golden Rye Ale hits Monroe’s best beer stores in which include Jake’s and Meijer. You can go to Harbor Inn & Ale if you want to try it on tap.

The drinkers at Beer Advocate is giving this beer an 85 and only 20 cases are being sent to Monroe so get it fast before it’s gone.

Follow this link for a review…

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/287/43223

Man Crushed by Giant Novelty Hop Cone! Experience Leaves Him Bitter

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Rate Beer recently came out with their list of the top 50 beers in the world and Michigan had two in the top ten. In at number four was Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout and just two spots lower was Bell’s Hopslam. Of the two only Hopslam will be available on Friday.

Hopslam is one of those beers that is loved by geeks and nongeeks alike. As someone who has recommended a lot of beers to people I used to be hesitant to suggest such a big beer to a macro drinker but not anymore. Sure, it’s a big in ABV and flavor but it’s also extremely drinkable with a comfortable mouthfeel.

You can’t ignore a beer this great especially when it brewed in your own state. I know the beer geek reading this will buy it but please think about sharing it with a newbie. Because the best ad campaign is word of mouth and that mouth should be filled with Hopslam.
Hopslam will be available in good beer stores in Monroe on Friday.