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Businesses celebrate anniversary of order ending Prohibition

POULSBO — In April 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an Executive Order to allow beverages with 3.2 percent alcohol to be sold legally. Today, the anniversary of the order leading to the end of Prohibition on Dec. 5, 1933 will be celebrated.

The celebration will include specials at Hare & Hounds Pub, Tizley’s Europub, and The Loft. A reenactment of a “We Want Beer” march will be held at 7:30 p.m. And a history of alcohol, by Charles Finckel, will be shown at Tizley’s.

The march is based on the iconic photo taken in 1933, which showed men in suits marching with “We Want Beer” picket signs. Tizley’s owner Tammy Mattson said she expects 40-50 people to participate in the reenactment of the famous march. She wouldn’t be opposed to more participants.

“If we had a turnout of more than that, it would be awesome,” she said. The celebration and march will be held in conjunction with “New Beers Eve,” the day prior to the legal distribution and consumption of alcohol. The march will begin on the south side of downtown Poulsbo, near Mor Mor Bistro & Bar. It will continue through town and up to Poulsbo City Hall, where “protesters” will stand at the steps.

Mattson said her husband Rob DiFilippo thought up the idea. It is the first year Poulsbo will unofficially celebrate the end of Prohibition, she said. Hare & Hounds will host a Sam Smith Salute with specials, giveaways and bagpipes at 6 p.m. Tizley’s will feature Pike Brewing Co., while showing a video tour of the events and breweries that shaped the industry, beginning at 6 p.m. The Loft’s happy hour will begin at 5 p.m.

 

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