Prohibition ended 90 years ago!

December 5, 1933, will forever be etched in the annals of American history as the day when the nation collectively raised its glass to freedom, marking the official end of Prohibition. After 13 long years of a dry spell that saw speakeasies thrive and bootlegging empires rise, the 21st Amendment was ratified, ushering in a new era of legal libations and a celebration that reverberated from coast to coast.

The Prohibition era, born out of the 18th Amendment in 1920, sought to ban the manufacture, sale, and transportation of intoxicating liquors. However, it quickly became evident that the law did little to quell the nation’s thirst for spirits. Instead, it fueled a clandestine world of speakeasies, secret bars hidden behind unassuming facades, where patrons whispered passwords and indulged in illegal libations.

The end of Prohibition represents a triumph of liberty and a return to a more sensible approach to regulating alcohol consumption. No longer will citizens need to resort to covert operations to enjoy a simple drink. The ratification of the 21st Amendment is a testament to the resilience of the American spirit and the recognition that personal freedom should not be compromised for the sake of misguided moral ideals.

Cities across the nation erupted in joyous celebration as the clock struck midnight on December 5th. From the bustling streets of New York to the laid-back corners of Los Angeles, people gathered in bars and clubs to witness the pouring of the first legal drinks in over a decade. The air was filled with the clinking of glasses, the laughter of friends, and the lively melodies of jazz bands that had been silenced for far too long.

In New York City, Mayor Fiorello La Guardia led the festivities, raising a symbolic first toast to mark the official end of Prohibition. Speakeasies, once the underground lifeblood of the city’s nightlife, now threw open their doors without fear of reprisal. The atmosphere was electric, and the streets were alive with revelers embracing the return of a cherished American tradition.

The economic impact of the end of Prohibition cannot be overstated. The legalization of alcohol promised a boon for breweries, distilleries, and the hospitality industry at large. Thousands of jobs would be created, and tax revenues would flow once again. The once-thriving illegal alcohol trade led by infamous figures like Al Capone would crumble in the face of legitimate competition.

As dawn broke on December 6th, America woke up to a new reality—one where the freedom to enjoy a drink was no longer a criminal act. The end of Prohibition was not just a policy shift; it was a cultural reset, signaling the nation’s collective decision to move beyond the restrictive ideologies that had defined the past decade.

In the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who signed the Cullen-Harrison Act in March 1933, paving the way for the end of Prohibition, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.” The sentiment echoed across the nation, and Americans, young and old, came together to raise a glass in a toast to liberty, marking the end of an era that had tested the nation’s resolve and ushering in a new chapter in American history.


To celebrate, we recommend heading to Rejects Beer Co. to enjoy Rhode Island’s finest craft beer!




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