There is some pretty cool history behind Cinco de Mayo that often times gets overlooked by Americans . The special day commemorates Mexico's victory over invading French forces on May 5, 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. Many forget to realize that the American Civil War was also being fought during Cinco de Mayo.
The Confederate forces in the United States were relying heavily on the French for supplies and reinforcements during the Civil War. The Mexican victory on Cinco de Mayo prevented the French (led by Napoleon III) from aiding the Confederate army which ultimately enabled a stronger Union to crush the undersupplied Southern forces.
Saturday is Cinco de Mayo and lots of local beer bars are participating in the festivities. Here is a list of some of the ones we've heard about... Please let us know if you know of anything else going on around town.
World of Beer Dr. Phillips
$3 Dos Equis Drafts and Free Mexican food from lime Restaurant!
World of Beer UCF
Enjoy a Mexican cerveza on Cinco de Mayo @ WOB UCF!
Redlight Red Light
Tapping a keg of Rogue Chipotle Ale and Bruno's bites will have some great Mexican food!
Cinco De Oblivion! Keg of Rogue Chipotle Ale and some Mexican delights from Chef Goody.
Sloppy Taco Palace
Good beer and great Tequila! Maybe the best place to hang out for Cinco de Mayo in Orlando!
Shipyard Brew Pub
Will release the Baconator V as part of their Cinco de Mayo fiesta!
There are a couple of fun beer related events going on this Friday. The weather has been awesome lately and its sure to be a great weekend to enjoy a beer or two outside. Friday is 4/20 and some local joints are having some fun with every stoner's favorite holiday. Orlando Beer Guide also wants to join in on the fun so we've shared a little foolishness for your viewing pleasure.....
Oblivion Taproom is partaking in the fun this Friday by tapping a keg of Lagunitas Censored previously known as Lagunitas Kronik. Click Here for an interesting story behind the renaming of this copper ale. Oblivion's Chef Goody will also have some smoked and baked delights on the menu for your dining pleasure!
Also on Friday April 20th, World of Beer Dr. Phillips will be hosting a Hophead 420 party. WOB DP will be featuring a nice array of Hoppy beers on tap to celebrate the day!
Friday April 6th is a special day for beer loving Americans across our great land. It marks the eve of the 79th anniversary of the end of prohibition in 1933. Well, sort of anyway...
Franklin Delano Roosevelt helped pass the Cullen-Harrison act just days after being elected president. This historically significant law allowed beverages to contain up to 3.2% alcohol by volume. For the first time in 13 years alcoholic beverages were allowed to be produced and consumed in the United States!
The new law enabled American breweries to get back to brewing and created thousands of jobs in the process. It has been estimated that about 1.5 million barrels of beer were sold on the first day alone! Its horrible to think about people dancing in the streets over 3.2% beer but it was definitely a step in the right direction and cause for celebration. The massive amount of beer production and sales in 1933 are historically credited with stimulating America's depressed economy and played a major role in helping bounce back from the Great Depression.
Liquor was still against the law though. It wouldn't be until several months later that the 21st amendment would officially bring the prohibition era to a close.
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