Repeal Day celebrates America’s right to beer

Celebrate Repeal Day with a beer

Today’s Repeal Day marks 84 years since the 21st Amendment became the law of the land and sales of alcohol became legal once more.

Dumping liquor Repeal Day
Treasury Agents would dump any illegal alcohol they found.

Since the early 1800s, groups of people had been lobbying Congress to pass a law outlawing the sale of alcohol.  By the turn of the century, these groups had become a force in American politics and continued to gain momentum until Congress proposed and passed the Volstead Act on October 19, 1919 over the veto of President Woodrow Wilson.  After the Volstead Act was passed, special agents from the Treasury Department began destroying almost any forms of alcohol they found.

On this day in 1933, Utah became the 36th state in the United States to ratify the 21st Amendment, bringing an end to the era of national Prohibition.  This day became known as Repeal Day and is celebrated throughout the United States as the day when alcohol was made legal again for the entire country.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had campaigned on the issue of repealing Prohibition, famously said, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.”

This Repeal Day, here are a few beers that commemorate the spirit of American entrepreneurship and moxy in fermented form.  Check out one today and see how far American brewers have come since Repeal Day.

Allagash White Ale

 

Allagash Brewing White Ale (5.2% ABV): One of the most recent craft brewers to partner with Team Cone, Allagash Brewing’s history goes back to 1995 when Belgian beer enthusiast Rob Tod opened a brewery in Portland, Maine. Rob welded together a 15-barrel brewing system and began brewing one beer only: Allagash White. In 1999, Rob hired brewer Jason Perkins to direct Allagash’s brewing beyond just White, and Jason added more Belgian-inspired beers, a barrel-aging program, and one of the first sour beer programs in the United States. You can still taste Rob’s (and all of Allagash Brewing’s) passion for Belgian beer in every pint of Allagash White. Try one to toast Repeal Day and enjoy the beer that built Allagash.

Dogfish Head Brewery SeaQuench

 

 

Dogfish Head Brewery SeaQuench Session Sour Ale (4.9% ABV): A recent innovation, Dogfish Head Brewery classifies SeaQuench Ale as a “session sour,” which is a great way of saying that is an approachable delight that is for sour lovers and sour skeptics alike!  This beer has been a phenomenon lately, garnering attention for both its purported health benefits and for its thirst-quenching powers.  The beer itself combines the light body of a kolsch-style ale with the salt character of a gose-style ale all the while sharing the tartness of a Berliner weisse.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

 

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (5.6% ABV) in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing’s founder Ken Grossman create a beer loaded with Cascade hops, named for the mountain range. The beer has continued to grow and has developed a devout following in the forty years following. Sierra Nevada Brewing has grown to be one of the largest craft breweries in the United States and Pale Ale, in all its hoppy goodness, is the beer that has led many to fall in love with craft beer. And at a moderate 5.6% ABV, it’s possible to raise two Pale Ales in honor of Repeal Day.

 

All of these beers, and the innovations that caused them, have been made possible by American craft brewers inventing new recipes and pushing the boundaries of beer, but would not have been possible without Repeal Day and the freedom that the 21st Amendment granted.  Enjoy that freedom today by going to our Beer Finder and celebrating Repeal Day with your next favorite beer.

Behind the Label: Coppertail Brewing

Coppertail Brewing Company Horizontal Logo

We were fortunate enough to sit down with Coppertail owner Kent Bailey and Coppertail head brewer Casey Hughes recently, and we learned a great deal about Coppertail Brewing Company. Here are ten fun facts that you may not have known about this iconic Tampa Bay craft brewery:

Coppertail Brewing Night Swim Porter

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10. Night Swim Porter was the beer that almost didn’t happen. The beer was almost going to be eliminated from the brewery’s lineup prior to opening, but runners at a local 5k loved the beer so much that they convinced the brewery to keep the beer permanently.

 

 

9. The building that Coppertail now occupies used to occupy was a mayonnaise factory and an olive cannery in a past life.  While it still maintains some of its former life, the building has morphed quite a bit in the four years Coppertail Brewing has occupied it.

 

 

 

8. The brewery brews 50 barrels of beer at a time.  That’s 1,550 gallons of beer in one batch!  The brewery started with a tremendous amount of capacity, but has grown into it slowly.

7. Coppertail’s Florida Weisses evolved to bottles after they grew to enormous popularity in the tasting room.  These beers were tasting room favorites, but they have only been in bottles for a short while.

6. The Alpha Hunt Series of IPAs is all about experimenting with new hops.  Coppertail Head Brewer Casey Hughes (and the brewing staff) love to brew with experimental hops and the Alpha Hunt beers are the perfect opportunity for them to do so.

Coppertail Brewing Whoops Florida Weiss5. The beer called “Whoops” is named for a happy accident in the brewery.  Casey was supposed to use these ingredients on a saison, but he “accidentally” treated a Berliner weisse instead.  The tasty accident was so well received that now the beer is bottled and sent throughout the state.

Coppertail Slam Piece

 

 

4. Coppertail’s Slam Piece Florida Weisse won a silver medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival. One of the many medals and accolades that the brewery has earned was for Slam Piece, and this is the only Great American Beer Festival that Coppertail has taken home to date.

3. Every beer label is about the search to find the mythical Coppertail monster that (according to brewery legends) roams Tampa Bay.  Look for clues on the Coppertail’s whereabouts on labels, six-pack holders, and faux newspaper clippings with the beer.

2. Coppertail Brewing Company has won a medal in every Best Florida Beer Competition since the brewery opened.  Check the results at bestfloridabeer.org!

Coppertail Brewing's Casey Hughes
Coppertail Brewing’s Casey Hughes

1. Coppertail Brewing’s head brewer Casey Hughes has been brewing in Florida since before he was old enough to drink beer.  Before he was rocking the brew house at Coppertail, Casey was brewing in Key West during the craft beer resurgence of the late 1990s.

Check out the original interview with Coppertail Brewing for more exciting details on this Tampa Bay craft brewery and check out our Beer Finder to score some Coppertail brews near you!