5 December 1933 was the date the United States’ failed experiment with national temperance came to a foreseeable and justifiable end. Seventy-six years ago tomorrow, the booze which continued to flow during prohibition was finally legal again. Bathtub gins, bootlegged whiskey, and moonshine were replaced with permissible varieties of spirits and state tax stamps. Speakeasies flung open their doors to the public and once again a civilized society could have an adult beverage without flaunting the law.
As you proceed with your weekends, I hope you will all raise a glass of something and celebrate your ability to drink freely, well, sometimes poorly, and sometimes to excess.
Happy Repeal Day to you all.