Today is Repeal Day, the 81st anniversary of the end of Prohibitio

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 Friday is Repeal Day, the 81st anniversary of the end of Prohibition,
   and Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley wants you to have a drink.

   In a press release distributed Friday morning, Cranley urges locals
   celebrate Cincinnati's extensive brewing and distilling heritage by
   supporting local businesses that serve their favorite adult
   (Of course, the mayor also urges adults to "drink responsibly and
   exercise moderation.")

   "In these often troubling times around the country, we can help
   our sense of community by getting together with friends and family
at a
   local business and having a local drink on Repeal Day," Cranley
said in
   the release.

   Repeal Day celebrates the ratifying of the 21st Amendment to the
   Constitution on Dec. 5, 1933. That repealed the 18th Amendment
   prohibiting the manufacture, transportation and sale of alcohol.

   Cranley has also declared Dec. 5 as "George Remus Bourbon and Rye
   Whiskey Day" in Cincinnati. Remus, a successful bootlegger during
   Prohibition, operated mostly from his Price Hill home.

   The founders of the locally based George Remus Bourbon and Rye
   company are organizing a campaign to support local breweries,
   and other businesses that serve alcohol. Supporters are asked to
   the Twitter hashtags #DrinkLocal and #RepealDay on Friday.

   In honor of the occasion, the mayor's office also provided a few
   Cincinnati facts:

   o The first brewery in the city was built in 1812. About 250 have
   opened and closed locally since then.

   o In 1893, the average beer consumption per Cincinnatian was 40
   annually (2.5 times higher than the national average).

   o In the 1890s, there was one saloon locally for every 41 adult

   o In the early 1900s, roughly 40,000 people were employed by the
   alcoholic beverage industry.

   How will you celebrate Repeal Day?
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