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Make Old Acquaintance Be Forgot! Sing "Ale Lager Stein," It's New Beer's Eve!

Beer flight at Tony's Darts Away (Elise Thompson/LAist)
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If ever there was an evening to knock back a brew or two, it's tonight, in observance of the unofficial "holiday" of New Beer's Eve. Say what?

We'll let Wikipedia do the 'splaining:

Sales of beer in the U.S would become legal on April 7, 1933, provided that the state in question had enacted its own law allowing such sales. The beer had to have an alcohol content less than 3.2% (4% ABV), compared to the 0.5% limit of the Volstead Act, because 3.2% was considered too low to produce intoxication. On the evening of April 6, people lined up outside breweries and taverns, waiting for midnight when they would be able to legally purchase beer for the first time in over 13 years. Since then, the night of April 6 has been referred to as "New Beer's Eve."

Oh, but what and where to drink? Los Angeles is practically foaming at the brim with great places to belly up to a beer-focused bar. Recently opened beer ventures include Downtown's Public School 612, and Culver City's City Tavern. Perennial faves include Lucky Baldwin's, Library Ale House, Father's Office, The York, Wurstkuche, Golden State, Surly Goat, Blue Palms, Laurel Tavern, The Verdugo, and Tony's Darts Away. Plus, there are a couple of other spots we've checked out lately where good beer can be had, like Quadrupel and Simmzy's.