Ah, beer. It has done so much for so many people. It’s time we showed appreciation for all the laughter, joy and camaraderie the frothy drink has given to us over many thousands of years. On the first Friday in August, the annual International Beer Day takes place across the world. It’s not so much an organized event as it is a reason to celebrate, and drink, beer, but still, we count this is as a very serious holiday. Here’s our guide on the when and where to get your fill on this, the most magical of days.
The microbrewery revolution is real; microbreweries are more popular than ever. Many host dedicated events during International Beer Day, so get in touch with your nearest and see what’s going on. For what it’s worth, we like La Jolla Wine Tours in San Diego. The southern California microbrewery scene is huge right now, with over 70 brew houses in San Diego alone.
If you really want to outdo yourself this year, visit some of beer’s spiritual homes. Head to Europe and taste the history of beer. Drink from a stein in a German bierhaus, take a tour of Prague’s many, many bars or settle into a cozy English pub with a few of the local pale ales. You can even stop by a Dublin hotel and drink a Guinness as it is meant to be drunk — sitting with friends in a corner of a dark Irish pub. Turn this day into the month-long trip you’ve always wanted to take. Be bold, just as beer taught you.
Your Favorite Drinking Spot
Of course, you don’t need a dedicated event to honor your favorite drink; that’s champagne’s style, not the everyman’s beer style. Your International Beer Day festivities can take place anywhere — even in your favorite chair or at your local bar. So get creative! Where would you like to be sipping on a beer: with friends on a beach in Hawaii or at a trendy rooftop bar in Manhattan? Whatever you do, do it well — and remember, International Beer Day can’t stop hangovers.