National Beer Lovers Day
Beer lovers, it’s your day! Try a new beer, visit a brewery or taphouse, or gather friends together to try a wide selection of beers, from lagers to IPAs and more.
Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.Arnold Schwarzenegger
Beer is one of the world’s most popular alcoholic drinks. This tasty beverage made from grains has been around for centuries, dating as far back as the Egyptians and Romans. These days, craft beer is a million dollar business and breweries are becoming one of the most popular hobbies to take part in.
Of course, some people only kind of like beer (or don’t like it at all), which is certainly fine–but this day isn’t for them! This day was created for those people who absolutely LOVE beer. It’s time to enjoy Beer Lover’s Day!
History of Beer Lover’s Day
Many different ways to brew beer have been created, and the way we process beer has changed and evolved over time. However, this day is dedicated to all the different kinds of beer and the celebration of the people who love it.
As one of the oldest beverages humanity has ever produced, beer is believed to date back to the 4th millennium BC in western Iran, as ancients were learning to make and drink beer using malted barley.
But beer has a long and detailed history, but no matter the history, many people do know the fact that beer is good.
Thousands of years later, today’s modern society is crazy about beer due to its taste, the way it makes people feel, and the commemorative way in which beer is used, often included in a celebration or a get-together at places all over the world.
How to Celebrate Beer Lovers’ Day
Celebrating Beer Lover’s Day is a delightful way to pay homage to this beloved beverage. Try these ways to enjoy the day or come up with some other creative ideas:
Go Out (or Stay In!) for a Beer
Of course, the most important thing for a beer lover to do on this day is to enjoy a favorite version of this tasty beverage! Whether going to a pub, bar or restaurant, or drinking a cold one at home out of a can, bottle or glass, this day is perfect for savoring a beer.
Take a Brewery Tour
Those who want to make the day into a deeper cultural experience might consider visiting a local brewery to see how they make their beer. The best part is that a tour often includes various samples of the lines of beer the brewery has to offer.
Try a New Beer
With the upswing of craft beers all over the world, the options for trying a new beer brand or flavor are almost endless! In fact, most beer lovers have a bucket list of beers they have heard about and want to try, so this is the perfect day to do it.
Start with a couple of these unique beers to get inspiration for which interesting beers might be fun to sample:
- Heady Topper by The Alchemist. This IPA is brewed in Vermont, United States and the brewers recommend to forget the glass and drink it directly from the can.
- Unser Aventinus by Schneider Weisse. A wheat beer produced in Germany, this one offers a fruity, spicy flavor that is easy and smooth.
- Westvletern XII by Westvleteren. A Belgian Quad made by monks, this one can be a bit hard to get–sometimes it is on sale in the US for only one day a year!
Embark on a Beer Making Adventure
Home brewing beer is a trend that has become super popular over the past several years. To make it easy, kits can be purchased that provide everything needed to get started on a home brewing journey. The process requires about 8 or so hours of hands-on work, and then the wait until the beer is ready will be approximately 2-4 months. It requires a bit of patience, but the result is truly worth it!
Learn Some Beer Facts
In honor of the day, take some time to learn about different aspects of the world of beer. For instance, many people don’t know that a beer lover or enthusiast is called a cerevisaphile.
Try out these interesting trivia tidbits to impress friends at a Beer Lover’s Day gathering:
- Pubs and restaurants in Germany serve beer ice cream in the form of popsicles! It’s the perfect treat for a hot day as its alcoholic content is less than that found in “classic” beer.
- Centuries ago in England, pub visitors used a novel innovation that enabled them to get their beer served quickly. In many pubs, the people were served beer in mugs with a whistle baked into the rim. The whistle was used to summon the barmaid when the patron wanted another beer. It has been suggested this practice gave birth to the phrase “wet your whistle.”
The only instance in which beer was prohibited on a legal level in the United States was during the alcohol prohibition period of the 1920’s. Of course, during this period, many people still found creative ways to enjoy alcohol–they just did it secretly.