Page 123

Colin, over at Blog Like You Give a Damn, tagged me in the Page 123 meme.

Here are the instructions I was told to follow.

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

I got a copy of Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota at a pre-birthday party the other night. Here’s what I found on page 123, which happens to be the start of Chapter 6: New Jobs, New Containers, New Rules: Minnesota Beer Returns.

For new president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the return of beer was not so much a return to cultural tradition as a way to increase tax revenue and to eliminate the drain on the public purse from the cost of the ineffectual enforcement of Prohibition. While total repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment was in the uncertain future, the first steps to return legal beer were taken quickly. The Cullen Bill, passed almost immediately after Roosevelt’s inauguration, modified the Volstead Act to define beer of 3.2 percent alcohol by weight as nonintoxicating and allowed its sale in any state that did not have conflicting prohibition laws.

It goes on to explain that 3.2 became legal in Minnesota on April 7, 1933, and that before WWI the alcohol content level for “nonintoxicating” beer was 2.75 percent.

Time to do some tagging of others: Katie at Camacho Watcho, Erica @ Swirlspice, Mike at Jackalope Ranch, Nathan at Life by the Falls, and Maven at Maven Haven.

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