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Beer drinkers across the country are celebrating National Beer Day!
On April 7, 1933, the Cullen-Harrison Act, signed by President Franklin Roosevelt, was enacted, marking the end of the nationwide ban on alcohol. 81-years later, America's love of beer has expanded from a few well-known breweries, to a boom in micro breweries across the country, and here in Ohio.
"Just like in Europe where every town has its own brewery, we're seeing an explosion in the micro brew business in the United States," said Mike Alfman, owner of the Winerak. "All the different towns and all the different niches that want specialty beers. The beer drinkers are learning a lot more about beer just like wine has grown over the last 20 years, beer has really taken off, especially in the last 5 to 10 years."
Alfman, who has owned the Winerak for 34 years, said he had to expand and relocate to a new location 14 years ago, just to keep up with the different beers on the market. Alfman says beer and specialty beers have become so popular, places like Weasel Boy Brewing Company, a micro brewery here in Zanesville, and the Winerak have become popular destinations.
"It's not just that it's here in Zanesville, but when you have a good selection, and we try to continue to grow our selection with all the different brands that we carry, you have people travel here where to it's from Columbus, Coshocton, Cambridge, New Concord, all the different towns in our county, they do come and shop here looking for that special beer."
The Winerak carries about 10 styles of beer and represents close to 600 breweries.