The favorite holiday of many thankful Durangoans, the anniversary of the end of Prohibition, will be celebrated April 7. There's even more to celebrate: The party will be free - free admission at least.The Durango Bootlegger's Society - which consists of Carver Brewing Co., Ska Brewing Co., Steamworks Brewing Co. and Durango Brewing Co. - will celebrate the 76th anniversary of the re-legalization of beer in America with the release of its seventh annual Spring Tonic Elixir.
The brewers have collaborated to brew a dark lager based on a "medicinal" Prohibition-era recipe.
They will hold a Speak Easy Tapping Party at 6 p.m. at Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave.
Carver will re-create Prohibition-era Durango. The door to the speakeasy will be guarded by period toughs in 1930s clothing. Women's Temperance activists are expected to protest.
A screening of "American Brew," a documentary about beer history and heritage, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Local historian, teacher and author Duane Smith will entertain with anecdotes of the area's brewing history before the tapping of the ceremonial cask of Spring Tonic Elixir.
Then musicians Sourmash will play. A portion of the proceeds from the Spring Tonic Elixir will go to the Animas City Museum.
For more information, call 259-2545.