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F.X. Matt Brewery celebrating 79th anniversary of brewing since prohibition

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The F.X. Matt Brewery is celebrating a landmark milestone.

79 years ago, in April 1933, the F.X. Matt Brewery marked the end of its dry run and started brewing beer again. That was 8 months before the official end of the dry days when prohibition came to an end with the ratification of the 21st Amendment to the Constitution on December 5, 1933. That amendment repealed the 18th amendment.

It was "The Cullen-Harrison Act" signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt months prior that amended the Volstead Act and authorized the sale of 3.2% beer (thought to be too low an alcohol concentration to be intoxicating) and wine, with the first legal beer sales since the beginning of Prohibition on January 16, 1920.

Today, the F.X. Matt Brewery is going strong with several local brews to choose from. Brewery officials say it has all come full circle, with today's beers being a culmination of the brewery's rich history.

"Before 1933, we were creating IPAs and Brown Stouts and Ales and playing around in the high-end craft business," said Fred Matt, President of the F.X. Matt Brewery. "And really, after prohibition, we went to more main stream beers, Utica Club and Matt's Premium and today, where our real business is, is Saranac and a return to pre-Prohibition type beers."

The official anniversary of the Brewery re-starting its beer-making operation is this Saturday, April 7.

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