International Beer Day, which takes place on Friday 5 August, is almost here! What can be a better way to start off the weekend than with a cold mug?
International Beer Day is celebrated on the first Friday of every August ever since 2007. It is a day that is celebrated all over the world. The purpose of this holiday is to celebrate the art and science of brewing beer and encourage people to try out new flavors of beers. Although this holiday started out as a small local event, over the years it has spread to all six continents.
International Beer Day- Let’s Grab a Beer
History of International Beer Day
International Beer Day was created in 2007 by Jesse Avshalomov, Evan Hamilton, Aaron Araki, and Richard Hernandez, in San Francisco. They simply wanted to designate a day where people around the country and eventually, the world could celebrate the alcoholic beverage. International Beer Day was flagged off to celebrate the craft of brewing, and to show appreciation for those involved in the making of beer. This quickly expanded and bartenders as well as other beer technicians came forward to support it. Not only did it expand in scope, but in size as well because today International Beer Day is celebrated on 6 continents in almost 60 countries and over 210 cities. Between 2007 and 2012, the holiday was celebrated on 5 august, but when a poll of the fans suggested that the first Friday in August would be better, the event day was decided to be latter. It’s now celebrated on the first Friday of August.
Beer is an ancient alcoholic drink brewed mainly from malted barley, hops, yeast and water although it is possible to brew it from other grains such as maize, wheat and rice. Records of beer dates back to 4000 BC, making it one of the oldest alcoholic beverages in the world. Beer has been drunk by almost all cultures around the world throughout human history. Today, beer is the third most consumed beverage in the world only after water and tea.
How to celebrate International Beer Day?
The three stated goals of the International Beer Day are :-
- To organize gathering with friends to enjoy the taste of beer.
- To celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer.
- To unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating beers of all nations together on a single day.
Other ways you can celebrate this holiday includes giving the gift of beer or attending one of the International Beer Day events close to you.
Facts about International Beer Day
- International Beer Day began in Santa Cruz, California, 2007. It was created by beer enthusiasts, Jesse Avshalomov and Evan Hamilton.
- According to the brewers Association, the craft brewing industry contributed more than $55 billion to the US economy in 2014 and provide more than 424,000 jobs. The US beer market in 2014 was more than $101 billion.
- A can of beer contains 100-150 calories and 10-15 gms. of carbohydrates.
- As far back as ancient Egypt, beer was a staple food Known as Hqt. Beer was a thick and sweet wellspring of nourishment including vitamins, minerals and protein that was consumed daily by adults and kids.
For all of you who love beer and are proud to show it! International Beer Day is on the first Friday of August – so get ready to have a beertastic day wherever you are in the world!