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Happy National Beer Day

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Is it a coincidence that both National Beer Drinking Day and National Pot Smoking Day fall in the same month? Have a few beers and figure that one out today, as we celebrate 78 years of legal beer consumption in America. Prohibition came to an end in 1933, when FDR signed the Cullen-Harrison Act, which allowed the brewing and sale of beer in the US after 13 long, dry years. Thirsty Americans waited overnight outside of Milwaukee breweries in order to buy the first legal beers that went on sale April 7th. Today we salute beer makers the world over. Here are a few SF spots you can celebrate America’s favorite past time.

Magnolia Pub and Brewery : Drink home-made, local beer and enjoy Fried Chicken Thursdays (5 pm – until they run out!)

Tornado Pub: Choose from a huge selection of beers from all over the world.

Speakeasy Brewery: Enjoy your local favorites at this popular brewery.

Gordon Biersch Brewery: Support yet another SF favorite. Happy Hour from 4 pm – 6:30 pm!

Magnolia Pub and Brewery: 1398 Haight Street [Upper Haight] a Tornado Pub 547 Haight St. [Lower Haight] a Speakeasy Ales and Lagers 1195 Evans Avenue [Bayview/Hunters Point] a Gorden Biersch Brewery 2 Harrison Street San Francisco [SOMA] A

UPDATE: Speakeasy will be open from 4-9 on April 8th, not 7th.

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Heidi works for a non-profit cultural exchange organization helping others experience life from a different perspective. She likes magnetizing the obscure and scavenging the city for fun, free things to do. She is a world traveler, a freelance writer and a spontaneous chef. She is also said to be part-mermaid.


  1. April 7, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Speakeasy will be open tomorrow 4-9, not today.

  2. April 9, 2011 at 3:19 pm


    My name is Justin Smith, and I am the founder of National Beer Day. I started promoting the celebration of this great day in american history about 3 years ago. I never imagined that it would get so big so quickly! Thank you for helping spread the word about one of my favorite holidays every year!