Today is National Beer Day – a day set aside in the United States to celebrate the enactment of the Cullen-Harrison Act. The act passed in 1933 legalized beer sales with an alcohol content of 3.2%.

Inspired by the holiday, I gave a search of the Times-Tribune Archives and turned up a collection of images of beer trays from local breweries.  The trays belonged to August Phillips, owner of the Cortez Tarven. In the short article that  accompanied the images in print, Phillips said that at the time in 1967 he owned over 300 beer trays from around the world. 

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Local History – ‘Bar Maids’ banned in Scranton for nearly 30 years – May 18, 2014

Local History – NEPA Breweries, beer drinkers were more than ready to toast the end of Prohibition – Sept. 8, 2013

Pages from the Past – The Return of Beer – Sept. 8, 2013