California Hop Brewers Telegram

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The president of the California Hop Brewers Association, George Hewlett, sent this telegram to Representative John E. Raker protesting “against threatened action of federal government prohibiting brewing of beer.” Hewlett argued that Prohibition would be disastrous to the businesses involved in manufacturing alcohol, particularly hop farms. Despite this warning, Congress passed the 18th Amendment on December 18, 1917. Following ratification by the states, Prohibition took effect in 1920.

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