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Today is Beer Day in Iceland

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Today is Beer Day if you’re Icelandic, and a day worth celebrating even if you’re not. On this day in 1989, after almost 75 years of Prohibition, Icelanders were finally allowed to consume beer again.


Iceland had partially repealed Prohibition in 1933 (as had the US), primarily because Spain refused to buy Icelandic fish unless Icelanders bought their wines. But beer remained banned for almost three generations after that, and even today Icelanders who want to drink at home have to buy their booze from one of the country's 48 state-owned liquor stores. If you love beer, we're sure you'll adore the Reality Check.

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