Thursday, December 5, 2013

Tip One Back for Repeal Day

Posted By on Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 8:04 AM

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If you're looking for a reason to raise a toast tonight (because being a disappointed Vol/Tide/Titan/Preds fan might just not be enough), take solace in the fact that today is the 80th anniversary of Repeal Day, when the 13 years on national Prohibition finally came to an end in 1933. Actually, in Tennessee it was longer than 13 years because our state had jumped the gun and started banning alcohol in most of the state as early as 1907.

Ironically, buttoned-up Utah was the state that tipped the balance on the 21st Amendment by voting for ratification and putting it over the required three-quarters majority to repeal the 18th Amendment. There's a fascinating infographic here that shows how far we have and haven't come since 1933 and how attitudes have changed over the years. I was unaware that there were only 10 other states that share our "no sales on Sunday" law. I would've though it was more widespread than that, but maybe that will be addressed as part of the grocery store wine sales debate next year.

So how should you celebrate Repeal Day? The official website makes it easy:

There are no outfits to buy, costumes to rent, rivers to dye green. Simply celebrate the day by stopping by your local bar, tavern, saloon, winery, distillery, or brewhouse and having a drink. Pick up a six-pack on your way home from work. Split a bottle of wine with a loved one. Buy a shot for a stranger. Just do it because you can.

That sounds like something I can handle. Cheers!

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