April is a banner month for beer holidays. National Beer Day, celebrated on April 7, marks the first loosening of prohibition rules and the start of a slow and steady march back to normalcy for the nation’s brewing industry. King Gambrinus Day is a holiday celebrating the (supposed) first use of hops in beer and is celebrated on April 11. Here in Maine, there’s another milestone that probably deserves to be recognized: the passage of LD 1889 in the Maine House and Senate. Signed and enacted in mid-April of 2012, LD 1889 laid the groundwork to fundamentally change the entire beer industry in Maine by allowing Maine brewers to charge for samples at their own breweries. While this seems trivial, its passage had cascading effects that have allowed the beer industry to become what it is today. [Read More at MaineToday.com]
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