The 2012 Nobler Holiday Gift Guide – Happy Repeal Day!December 5, 2012
It seems rather appropriate that this year’s Nobler Holiday Gift Guide begin on Repeal Day. 79 years ago today, the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified signalling the end of the near 1 1/2 decade long era of Prohibition. The ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol in the states, often referred to as the Noble Experiment, was a tumultuous albeit fascinating time period in our country’s existence. Which is why for my first gift suggestion of the year, I refer you to Daniel Okrent’s Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.
You might be wondering if your drink loving gift receiver is into reading historical non-fiction (of if they even know how to read at all), but I’ll tell you from experience, Okrent’s work is sure to pull in just about anyone who appreciates the complexity of alcohol, particularly those who have become enamored with the new American resurgence in craft distillation. But just in case your friend, family member, or loved one is terrified of actually reading (so happy I overcame this fear a few years ago), pick up Ken Burns’ documentary, Prohibition, on DVD as this PBS aired mini-series covers much of the same material.
So Happy Repeal Day to you all and check back every day for the next few weeks for more of this year’s Nobler Holiday Gift Guide!