According to The Reykjavik Grapevine – a free alternative magazine published and based in Reykjavík, Iceland – March 1st is the anniversary of the legalization of beer in Iceland.
Prohibition against strong alcohol ended back in 1935, but it did not include beer because it was so cheap …
and it was feared the legalization of it would lead to a life of depravity.
Seventy years later, following a yearlong debate, the Icelandic Parliament, Alþingi, finally lifted the ban, adding yet another reason to why research shows Iceland to be the “happiest country in the world.”
Naturally, Icelanders feel they have quite a bit of catching up to do – hence a day dedicated to the pleasure of beer. *
(* The Grapevine says they are still waiting for March 2nd to be declared “National Hangover Day.”)
For a real taste of Iceland, one beer I can highly recommend is Ölvisholt Brugghús‘ Vatnajökull “Frozen In Time” – said to be crafted from thousand-year-old melted glacier ice …
… and flavored with the wild thyme that grows even on the rocks and lava in Iceland. Speaking from experience, I can say it is unbelievably crisp and delicious.
The Viking Beer we indulged in daily is almost as delicious …
… and much easier to find.
It’s my understanding you don’t have to actually be in Iceland to celebrate this auspicious occasion – so go ahead and celebrate “Beer Day,” wherever you are!
© Kristin Fellows 2012