WASHINGTON, April 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily «Profile America» feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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BREWS CONTROL

Profile America — Friday, April 7th. The years of Prohibition, from 1920 to 1933, were considered a noble experiment that failed, as the subsequent crime associated with bootlegging caused problems worse than the lone problem of drunkenness. The crumbling of the unpopular Volstead Act accelerated on this date in 1933 when Congress amended the act to permit beer of 3.2 percent alcohol to be brewed and sold. The beer permitted earlier under Prohibition contained only .05 percent. Called «near beer,» and much disdained, one humorist declared that whoever named it was a poor judge of distance. Today, there are more than 33,000 beer, wine and liquor stores in the U.S., with annual sales of around $43 billion. Profile America is beginning its 20th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources:
Beer comeback/accessed 2/2/2017:  www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/04/07/new.beers.eve/index.html 
«Near beer» quote/accessed 2/2/2017:  www.searchquotes.com/quotation/The_man_who_called_it_%22near_beer%22_was_a_bad_judge_of_distance/230421/ 
Beer during Prohibition/accessed 2/2/2017:  www.beerhistory.com/library/holdings/prohibition_2.shtml 
Beer, wine & liquor stores/County Business Patterns/NAICS 445310: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~445310 
Revenues/Economic Census/NAICS 445310: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ECN/2012_US/00A1//naics~445310

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for «Audio» in the «Library» pull-down menu). 

 

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