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The only reason I can find online seems to suggest that it is just because AHA said so. I seem to remember reading somewhere once that it was related to finally repealing parts of Prohibition that allowed for beer making by individuals at home, but I can't find anything about that. Anyone have any other historical references or reasons?

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I believe the end of Prohibition was today, April 7. At least I've seen references to 4/7 being National Beer Day. –  Denny Conn Apr 7 at 21:23
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As a member of the AHA Governing Committee, the reason I know of is that it just is. From the AHA website...

On 1988, May 7 was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created AHA Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day around the world. AHA Big Brew is held each year on the first Saturday in May.

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I also found this on homebrewersassociation.org : On October 14, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed H.R. 1337, which contained an amendment sponsored by Senator Alan Cranston (D-CA) creating an exemption from taxation of beer brewed at home for personal or family use. This exemption went into effect on February 1, 1979, making homebrewing legal on a federal level in the U.S. –  djs Apr 7 at 21:36
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And last year we finally finished making it legal at the state level. –  Denny Conn Apr 7 at 22:00
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