WASHINGTON, April 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Thursday, 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 close to 33,000 beer, wine and liquor stores in the U.S., with annual sales of over $43 billion. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the 'America's Economy' mobile application at www.census.gov/mobile.
Beer comeback/accessed 1/26/2016: http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/04/07/new.beers.eve/index.html
"Near beer" quote/accessed 1/26/2016: http://www.searchquotes.com/quotation/The_man_who_called_it_%22near_beer%22_was_a_bad_judge_of_distance/230421/
Beer during Prohibition/accessed 1/26/2016: http://www.beerhistory.com/library/holdings/prohibition_2.shtml
Beer, wine & liquor stores/NAICS 445310:
Revenues/NAICS 445310: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2012_US_00A1&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of 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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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau