Thursday, June 12, 2008

Days of the Beer, June 12

The beer for today, isn't necessarily a beer, so much as a concept.

In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that Virginia's anti-miscegenation statute was unconstitutional.

So what the hell does that mean, and what does it have to do with beer?

Virgina, at the time, had a law called the "Racial Integrity Act of 1924". This law banned interracial marriages. The case brought before the court was called Loving v. Virginia. Mildred Loving was a lady of African and Native American ancestry, she married Richard Perry Loving, a white man, in the District of Columbia. They did it there because of the Racial Integrity Act, which banned whites from marrying non-whites (it apparently didn't cover other skin tones from marrying each other). Well, after getting married, the couple moved back to Virgina, and were charged with breaking the law, and they were sent to prison for a year.

The judge in Virgina said this...

Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, Malay and red, and He placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with His arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that He separated the races shows that He did not intend for the races to mix.
On June 12, 1967, the supreme court said that banning interracial marriages was unconstitutional. So in honor of that, today I recommend you have a black and tan, or some other mixed beer drink. Other appropriate drinks would be a mix of Victory Storm King, and Victory Hop Devil (the storm devil); a Snakebite (stout and cider). You don't want to float the one beer on the other, the goal today is to get the dark and lighter beers to mix.

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