Make sure to mark your calendars, set an alarm clock, write on your kitchen chalkboard and basically, do whatever it takes to remind yourself and your loved ones (ages 21 and over) that this upcoming Sunday, April 7, is National Beer Day!

You say you already pour yourself a cold one each year in honor of this most majestic of holidays? Well, besides the obvious of indulging on your favorite stout, IPA, or lager, National Beer Day is celebrated to mark the day the Cullen-Harrison Act was enacted in 1933. Remember that pesky little hoopla we had back then called Prohibition? Yes, that sad time in our country's history. Our saving grace was the Cullen-Harrison Act, signed by America’s dear pal, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, allowed for the sale of beer containing up to 3.2% alcohol.  This later led to the 18th Amendment being repealed on December 5, 1933, with the ratification of 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 1.5 million barrels of beer were served on April 7, 1933 and thus America’s relationship with the world’s oldest fermented beverage rekindled. BOOM! There’s your daily dose of history. You're welcome. *wink*

This year marks the 86th anniversary of the Cullen-Harrison Act, and, instead of celebrating Das Bier for just one day, your gals here at Dishin’ It are on a mission to making this a month-long festivity for you.

While we normally review places that we have been to, we decided to do a little switch-a-roo and let you know about a place where we will be celebrating New Beer’s Eve. Yes, that’s a thing, look it up. We’re kicking off Dishin’ It’s  beer month at “A Night at the Brew-seum” hosted by the International Museum of Art & Science on Saturday, April 6. Now in its 11th year, Brew-seum (for short) is one of the O.G. beer festivals not just in McAllen, but in the entire Rio Grande Valley. What started off as a festival with 300 attendees and some import beers, has now transformed itself to a full out beer festival. Brew-seum’s guests can expect over 150 beers to be served and accompanied by over 20 local eateries and some really sweet live tunes.

On top of all the beers, food and fun, Brew-seum is cranking it up this year and providing other activities. If you’re a big time sports fan and are scared you might be missing out on all the action from this college (March) basketball madness, don’t fret. Brew-seum has you covered, as they will be showing the games on a large screen for your viewing pleasure. If instead you would like to show off your athletic skills, sign up for the keg hoist and compete to determine who is the strongest Beerman (or Lady) of the evening. If you have a VIP ticket, make sure to check out a super special cask tapping of Karbach’s Good Golly Miss Molly with Coffee. This baby is a rarity and it sure will go great paired with some music from Ram Danesse and The Renaissance Rockers as they provide the soundtrack for the evening. G.A. tickets, Brew-seum has you covered by giving you the ability to welcome back the Stella Artois Airstream!

Delicious food from your favorite local eateries like Nuri, Smoke Crafters, Delia’s, Costa Messa, Smoke Crafters, CC’s Sweets & Tweets, Chivo’s, Roosevelt’s @ 7, Il Forno, Birdie Bistro, as well as newbies like Sidebar and Salomé on Main, will be satisfying your taste buds with their delectable treats. Just thinking about all the soon-to-be-in-our-bellies yummies has us head over heels!

The biggest star of a beer festival is the BEER itself. Breweries from across Texas and the United States will be pouring from 7 to 11. Even more of a highlight is having local breweries and brewpubs showcasing their fine beverages for the public to enjoy. Expect to see folks reppin’ 5x5 Brewing Company from Mission, Big River Brewery from Pharr, Lorelei Brewing Company from Corpus Christi, along with BJ’s Brewhouse, Brewsome and Yard House from McAllen!

“A Night at the Brew-seum” will be this Saturday, April 6 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m at the International Museum of Art & Science located at 1900 Nolana Avenue, McAllen, TX 78574. General Admission tickets are $60 for museum members and $75 for non-museum members; $100 VIP tickets (which includes 6:00 p.m. festival admission); $50 Designated Driver tickets. You can purchase your tickets at the museum or online at www.brew-seum.com but make sure to hurry as prices will increase at the door. For more information contact the International Museum of Art & Science at (956) 681-2800. 

Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors-South Texas and Watts is a freelance writer specializing in the marketing of the service industry. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. They can be reached at dishin.it.956@gmail.com.