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International Beer Day

Everything you need to know about International Beer Day, from when it is, to why you should celebrate.

International Beer Day

This year, International Beer Day 2022 lands on August 5th, and as life is becoming more “normal,” there’s really no excuse not to celebrate with friends!

Beer is one of the world’s oldest beverages, and its influence on different cultures spans thousands of years. It’s the perfect holiday for drinking, socializing, and learning!

 


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About International Beer Day (IBD)

International Beer Day occurs on the first Friday of every August, and of course, celebrates beer! Founded in 2007 by a homebrewer from San Francisco, Jesse Avshalomov, IBD is celebrated by over 200 cities across 80 countries.

 

Why Celebrate International Beer Day?

According to the official International Beer Day website, this celebration aims to achieve three goals:

  1. “To gather with friends and enjoy the deliciousness that is beer.”
  2. “To celebrate the dedicated men and women who brew and serve our beer.”
  3. “To bring the world together by celebrating the beers of all nations and cultures on this one remarkable day.”

These are just a few reasons why International Beer Day is a holiday worthy of a hoorah! Historically, beer has had an incredibly important role in community-building, so by appreciating your beer community, and maybe other beer communities, you could foster some very meaningful relationships.

 

Here are some other reasons that call for a grand International Beer Day celebration:
  1. Beer is delicious! There’s nothing quite like cracking open a cold beer on a hot summer’s day. WhetInternantionalBeerDayher you prefer lagers, ales, stouts or sours, there’s a beer out there for everyone to enjoy.
  2. Beer is healthy…ish. While it’s true that beer contains empty calories, it also contains antioxidants and vitamins that can help to boost your immune system. In moderation, beer can actually be good for you!
  3. Beer brings people together. From pub crawls to beer pong tournaments, drinking beer is a great way to socialize and bond with friends old and new.
  4. Beer really does make you happy! Endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers and “feel-good” chemical are released when you drink beer. Therefore you often feel more relaxed after having a few drinks. Additionally, beer contains vitamins and minerals that can help improve your mood. (Gives new meaning to Happy Hour! Not just smiling cos you saved a few bucks!)
  5. Beer can have some cardio-protective benefits! Studies have shown that moderate beer consumption can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. One reason for this may be that beer can help protect the lining of your blood vessels, keeping them healthy and functioning properly. So next time you reach for a beer, know that you’re not only doing your taste buds a favor, but you may also be giving your heart a little boost too! Cheers to that!

 

 

Things to do on International Beer Day

Take into consideration the three pillars that give the holiday its purpose. Just like beer, celebrations can be low-key and laid back.

 

1. Attend a beer event or local craft brewery!

CelebratingIBDIt’s important to keep in mind that the holiday is also a celebration of the brewers and breweries that keep the beer industry alive. In fact, many breweries hold IBD celebrations, so people typically spend the holiday at their local pub.

It might be a good idea to spend time with your friends and family. Beer is a communal drink, meaning that it’s best enjoyed around the people you care about.

 

2. Try a new type of beer

Did you know there are over 100 different types of beer?!?! International Beer Day is clearly the perfect day to try something new. Give a sour beer, barleywine, bock or NEIPA (New England style IPA) a shot—you can thank us later! According to daysoftheyear.com, diversity and new experiences should be the hallmark of International Beer Day.

 

3. Promote Craft Beer!

Tell a friend why craft is best, or post a beer fact on social media and tag #internationalbeerday. Get the word out—craft beer is the bomb, especially on International Beer Day!

 

 

Future International Beer Days

Just remember, International Beer Day is always on the first Friday of every August! But, here is a list of the future dates that the first Friday of August lands on until 2032:

  1. 2023 – August 4BeerCelebration
  2. 2024 – August 2
  3. 2025 – August 1
  4. 2026 – August 7
  5. 2027 – August 6
  6. 2028 – August 4
  7. 2029 – August 3
  8. 2030 – August 2
  9. 2031 – August 1
  10. 2032 – August 6

 

Looking for More Beer Holidays?

Beer is an incredibly rich drink, in that it has its hand in different cultures all over the world. Some of these beer cultures are even older than the Bible! Different countries even have their own National Beer Days and festivals, like Oktoberfest in Germany and the Great British Beer Festival.

In fact, there are so many beer holidays in Canada and the U.S. that it’s hard to keep track!

 

 

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