The thirteen years of Prohibition here in the United States was a dark time. The criminalizing of alcohol led not only to a rise in civil disobedience and organized crime, but also to the loss of customs associated with the production, preparation, and consumption of alcohol. We celebrate Repeal Day because December 5th marks a return to the rich traditions of craft fermentation and distillation. The resumption of the legitimacy for the American bartender as a contributor to the enjoyment of the clientele, and the leader of responsible enjoyment of alcohol as a widely enjoyed social custom.
This day is conveniently located halfway between Thanksgiving and Christmas, at a time when most Americans are probably not spending time with family. Repeal Day presents a wonderful occasion to get together with friends and pay tribute to our constitutional rights. Unlike St. Patrick's Day or Cinco de Mayo, Repeal Day is a day that all Americans have a right to observe, is only possible because it is written in our Constitution There is no other American holiday celebrates our laws guaranteeing our rights.
This day is the 84th anniversary of Repeal Day. I just hope that you take a little time to at least acknowledge the importance of this day for Americans. It is a day of choice and a day that makes sure that we do have that choice here and don’t have to be criminals to enjoy an alcoholic beverage. Cheers!!