January 17th – A sad day for beer drinkers; it was on this date that marked the official start of prohibition. Millions of people went out the night before for the last legal beer they would have for the next 13 years. Breweries attempted to continue operations by the production of near beer the brands by brewery were: Pabst – Pablo; Schlitz – Famo; Miller – Vivo; Stroh – Luxo; Anheuser Busch – Pivo. Beer drinkers largely rejected these attempts at NA beers. The saying was that whoever called it near beer was a fairly poor judge of distance.

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Copyright Gregg Smith – his latest book “American Beer History” is available on Amazon