April 6, 2017 - Issue: Vol. 163, No. 60 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 1st Session
RECOGNIZING NATIONAL BEER DAY; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 60
(Extensions of Remarks - April 06, 2017)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E475-E476] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING NATIONAL BEER DAY _____ HON. DAVE BRAT of virginia in the house of representatives Thursday, April 6, 2017 Mr. BRAT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to National Beer Day. On April 7, 1933, [[Page E476]] the Cullen-Harrison Act, named after the legislation's sponsors, went into effect and for the first time since 1920 the purchase, sale, and consumption of beer and wine with an alcohol content of 3.2 percent, was legal. Fast forward 76 years to 2009 when one of my constituents, Justin Smith, sparked the idea of celebrating National Beer Day on April 7th. In March of this year, Justin's efforts eventually lead to our Governor Terry McAuliffe recognizing National Beer Day in Virginia. National Beer Day has grown to such prominence that it was recently featured as a clue on Jeopardy. The impact that craft brewers have on the Virginia economy is substantial. According to the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, the Commonwealth of Virginia had 142 breweries and nearly $1 billion in economic impact in 2016. The craft brewing industry is growing rapidly in Virginia and given current trends, will continue to do so. In 2016, Virginia craft brewers took home 13 medals from the Great American Beer Festival proving that Virginia's craft brewers are plenty in number, but also in quality. Craft breweries such as 1781 Brewing Co, Battlefield Brewing Co., Beer Hound Brewery, Extra Billy's Smokehouse and Brewery, Far Gohn Brewing Co., Final Gravity Brewing Co, Kindred Spirit Brewing, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Midnight Brewery LLC, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, Steam Bell Beer Works, Strangeways Brewing, The Answer Brewpub Co., and Willow Spring Brewery are located in my district. I'm delighted to have so many craft brewers supporting the local economy, providing jobs, and promoting the safe consumption of beer in my district. ____________________