The End of Prohibition: 80 Years Later


BANGOR - For 13 years, there was a nationwide ban on selling, producing, importing, and transporting alcohol. But on December 3rd, 1933, Prohibition came to an end. And ever since, Maine's economy has been thankful for that repeal. Our Erin Thomas reports.

80 years ago today, alcohol flowed freely again. As Americans were no longer forced to dump their beer and liquor into the streets, but rather toasted the repeal of Prohibition.

Now, decades later, it's created a booming industry, that Maine's economy has become reliant on.

When it comes to beer, Mainers are finding endless flavors to please their palates.

What would have previously been known as "bootlegging," many are even exploring the hobby of homebrewing.

Leaving it clear that Mainers aren't worried about the future of their spirits.

Erin Thomas


Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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