According to The Reykjavik Grapevine ~ today, March 1st, is the 23rd 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 ...
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, contributing yet another factor 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.
(According to the Grapevine, 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 one thousand years 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.
But I don't believe you have to actually be in Iceland to celebrate this auspicious occasion, so go ahead and celebrate Iceland's "Beer Day" ~
wherever you are!
© Kristin Fellows 2012
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