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Friday, August 06, 2010

Praise Jebus for Jimmy

I knew that son-of-a-bitch wasn’t all bad:

Today [August 5] is International Beer Day ...

If you’re a fan of craft beer and microbreweries as opposed to say Bud Light or Coors, you should say a little thank you to Jimmy Carter. Carter could very well be the hero of International Beer Day.

To make a long story short, prohibition led to the dismantling of many small breweries around the nation. When prohibition was lifted, government tightly regulated the market, and small scale producers were essentially shut out of the beer market altogether. Regulations imposed at the time greatly benefited the large beer makers. In 1979, Carter deregulated the beer industry, opening the market back up to craft brewers. As the chart below illustrates, this had a really amazing effect on the beer industry:

I’ll let you click through for the graph.  I’m saving my revels for this weekend, when I’m heading down to the Land Down Under.  But if you drink a good beer this weekend, spare a thanks to Jimmy.  I mean ... at least he did something right.  Maybe Obama will have a legacy this strong ... one day.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 08/06/10 at 12:23 PM in Fun and Humor  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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