07 April, 2016
This is What's Trending Today.
April 7 was National Beer Day in the United States.
National Beer Day is not a real holiday.
But a lot of Americans are celebrating on social media.
One Twitter user, RadarX, wrote, "I hear it's #NationalBeerDay and I feel fortunate to live where they make so much of it."
Other Twitter users joined in by posting photographs of glasses of cold beer.
The beers are not in any special order. They are listed alphabetically by the state where they are produced.
Some of the beers have unusual names, such as Sloth, Fuzzy Baby Ducks and Lizard King.
April 7 is an important day in beer history. On that day in 1933, Americans could legally buy beer again after 13 years. Sales of beer had been barred under the U.S. Constitution.
The 18th Amendment to the constitution took effect in 1920. It prohibited "the manufacture, sale or transportation of intoxicating liquors."
In December 1933, the 21st Amendment to the constitution officially ended prohibition. But a few months before that, President Franklin Roosevelt signed an act to permit the sale of low-alcohol wine and beer. That was on April 7.
And the people who agree with Roosevelt's words helped make the hashtag #NationalBeerDay, What's Trending Today.
I'm Ashley Thompson.
Dan Friedell wrote this story for Learning English. George Grow was the editor.
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Words in This Story
fortunate – adj. having good luck
alphabetical – adj. of or related to organizing something in the order of the letters of the alphabet
intoxicate – v. to make (someone) unable to think and behave normally
prohibit – v. to bar or ban something