Every April 7 is National Beer Day, a time where we can raise a toast to the oldest and most venerable of all beverages. People have been making beer for over 5,000 years; in fact, the oldest recorded recipe we know of is for beer.
History of National Beer Day
Beer is the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic drink, and it’s easy to see why. It comes in hundreds of types, flavors, and proofs. People have been drinking it for thousands of years; scientists have found evidence of beer production dating to 7,000 BC. Ancient Mesopotamians wrote poems about it, and considered it proof of divine existence. The Ancient Egyptians used it in a number of religious ceremonies. In Medieval Europe, monks made beer their monasteries, elevating the craft of brewing to an art form. Today, only water and tea are more widely consumed than beer, and over 35 billion gallons of beer are produced worldwide per year.
National Beer Day celebrates the day in 1933 that the Cullen-Harrison act was signed into law, reversing the prohibition on selling beer in the United States. In 2009, a Virginian man named Justin Smith decided to commemorate this historic day, and created his own unofficial National Beer Day. Since then, it has been recognized by the state of Virginia, and unofficially by millions of brew aficionados nationwide.
One of the best things about beer is the sheer number of varieties that exist. IPAs, Pilsners, Stouts, Sours… the list goes on and on. In terms of alcohol content, beer usually ranges between 4-7% ABV, meaning you can sip a cold one on a hot summer day without much worry of intoxication. Last but not least, it’s sold in six-packs, so you can share with your friends!
National Beer Day timeline
A Brew Era
Starting in 2008, craft breweries started opening in the United States at an exponential rate. This climb continues today, with hundreds of new breweries producing exciting, experimental beers. There’s never been a better time to be a beer fan!
The Beer Boom
The invention of the steam engine kicks off the industrial revolution, and changes the way beer is produced. This modern beer is not only mass produced; it tastes much better than its predecessors, further contributing to beer’s growing popularity.
- 1200 - 1300
The Pursuit of Hoppiness
Germans in the Bohemian region perfect the process of flavoring beer with hops. This is the way most modern beer is flavored, and is considered the standard method of production.
- 11,000 BC
Pioneering the Pint
Archeologists have discovered evidence that early humans were producing beer-like beverages in the ancient Middle East, as far back as 13,000 years ago.
National Beer Day - Survey Results
According to a top Seattle PR Firm:
BEER DRINKERS ARE CONSIDERED THE MOST APPROACHABLE
Both women (70%) and men (59%) who drink beer are perceived as more approachable than drinkers of any other alcoholic beverage.
National Beer Day FAQs
What’s the difference between types of beer?
There are many differences between types of beer, but the main ones are taste, color, and ABV. Try different varieties of beer to find the one you like best, and then explore within that genre.
What’s an IBU?
An IBU, or international bitterness unit, is a measure of a beer’s bitterness. The lower the number, the less bitter.
Are there discounts for this holiday?
Yes! Many bars and specialty beer shops recognize April 7th as National Beer Day, and run promotions and sales accordingly. Stop by your local beer haven and ask them for details.
National Beer Day Activities
Head to a craft beer bar
These days, there are tons of venues serving local and regional specialty brews. These establishments are on top of the beer scene, and have constantly rotating menus, so check back in often to see what’s new.
Tour a Brewery
Brewing beer is half science, half art. Taking a tour of a local brewery will help you appreciate the time and effort that goes into creating your favorite IPA or stout. Added bonus — there are usually free samples.
Pick up a variety six-pack
Maybe you feel like enjoying your beer in the comfort of your own home, or around a backyard fire. That’s fine — most beverage distributors or specialty beer stores allow you to create a mix-and-match six-pack for you to take with.
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5 Beer Facts From Around The World
Per capita, the Czech Republic consumes the most beer of any country.
Booze on the go
In many countries, including Belgium and South Korea, fast-food restaurants serve beer.
In England, it is common for boys to drink a “yard” of beer on their 18th birthday — three pints, end-to-end without, stopping.
Beer and cheese
Milwaulkee, Wisconsin, calls itself the beer capital of the world, hosting America’s four largest breweries.
Beer as old as time
The oldest continuously operating brewery is found in Austria, and opened its doors in 1040.
Why We Love National Beer Day
There are tons of beers to try
Now more than ever, there are an endless variety of beers hitting store shelves. Experimenting with a crazy new brew can be a lot of fun.
Beer is communal
As one of the most widely consumed drinks in the world, it’s easy to find someone to clink bottles with. Beer pairs nicely with almost any social gathering, because there’s a beer for almost everyone.
Beer can be healthier than other alcoholic beverages
With a lower alcohol content than wine or liquor, beer can be a safer and healthier choice for those looking to imbibe, but not overindulge. Enjoy a brew or two without much fear of a nasty hangover.
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