It's an unofficial holiday that is officially celebrated by beer lovers everywhere: National Beer Day!
National Beer Day is celebrated on April 7 every year, which marks the day in 1933, the first day in 13 years that people could legally buy, sell, and drink beer.
National Beer Day is a celebration of the Cullen–Harrison Act being signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 22, 1933. Upon signing the legislation, Roosevelt made his famous remark, "I think this would be a good time for a beer."
People across the country responded by gathering outside breweries, some beginning the night before. On that first day, 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed, inspiring the future holiday which started in 2009.
So where do we grab some brews? The TEGNA team collaborated and made a list of some lesser-known breweries you have to try:
Brewery analysis by WTSP: It’s the best, freshest, most amazing Florida centric, epic awesome beer you will ever taste. Joey Redner is a beer genius. He started the vibrant craft beer scene in Tampa. WTSP’s BeerTeam 10 loves him. And did we mention that the beer is freaking delicious?
Beers to try there: Jai Alai, Invasion, Florida Man, Strawberry Shortcake, Jai Alai White Oak, Cucumber Saison, Maduro Brown, everything. They do flights, so go for it.
St. Louis, Mo.
Brewery analysis by KSDK: Created by two former AB employees in the shadow of the world’s largest brewery.
Beer to try there: Zwickle
Brewery analysis by WUSA9: One of the things that makes this brewery unique is the art on the bottle labels and boxing.
Beers to try there: Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale, Easy IPA
3 STARS BREWING CO.
Brewery analysis by WUSA9: Named DC’s Best Local Brewery two years running by Washington City Paper, and were named Rising Stars in 2014 by Star Chefs Magazine.
Beers to try there: Peppercorn Saison, Two to the Dome Double IPA
PORT CITY BREWING CO.
Beer to try there: Optimal Wit Belgian Style Wheat Ale
O'CONNOR BREWING CO.
Brewery analysis by WVEC: A small craft brewery with a wide variety of taste!
Beers to try there: El Guapo Agave IPA, Great Dismal Black IPA
Fort Collins, Colo.
Brewery analysis by KUSA's beer expert Kyle Clark: Fort Collins is another great beer town that needs no introduction to most Colorado beer geeks. But don’t get lost in the shiny things like New Belgium and Odell and forget Equinox on Remington Street. Chill is the word for this place. It’s laid back, friendly, and the beer is studly. Want to get lost in an underappreciated beer style at an under-the-radar gem of a brewpub?
Beer to try there: Jonas Porter
ALEWERKS BREWING COMPANY
Brewery analysis by WVEC: Includes craft-brewed “historical” beers for Colonial Williamsburg.
Beers to try there: Chesapeake Pale Ale, Drake Tail IPA
BARE ARMS BREWING
Brewery analysis by KCEN: Small, relatively new brewery started by two mechanical engineers. “Our engineering background gave us a different outlook and drove us to overcome and correct any setbacks we encountered.”
Beers to try there: Apple Pi, Nebulous Tart, Java Joule
Brewery analysis by WXIA: One of Atlanta’s best known breweries (and the closest to 11Alive - just across the freeway from here), SweetWater also sponsors the annual SweetWater 420 Fest on (of course) the weekend of 4/20 each year. SweetWater was the first microbrew to be regularly stocked on Delta Air Lines flights.
Beers to try there: SweetWater 420, SweetWater Blue, IPA, Georgia Brown, Happy Ending, Whiplash White IPA, Hop Hash Double IPA, Hash Brown India Brown Ale
AGAINST THE GRAIN BREWERY
Brewery analysis from WHAS11: This brewery is located in Louisville Slugger Field is in a part that was once a train station. They say they have the nation’s only operational, Victorian styled and three-story ‘showpiece’ brewhouses.
Beers to try there: Kentucky Ryed Chiquen, Hooplehead, S.S. Kentucky, Tickle the Tuba, Sweet Taters Pi and Gimme S’more
RANGER CREEK BREWING AND DISTILLING
San Antonio, Texas
Brewery analysis from KENS: It's one of just a few breweries of its size to employ a full-time scientist, and they also hire science interns. They're also a distillery.
Beer to try there: Oatmeal Pale Ale
FREETAIL BREWING CO.
San Antonio, Texas
Brewery analysis from KENS: Smooth and flavorful, but not too hoppy. You’d never mistake it for an IPA. And it’s always paired with great food.
Beer to try there: Bat Outta Helles, a Bavarian-style helles lager