International Beer Day – August 4

Raise a glass to International Beer Day! What better way to celebrate the joy of drinking beer but to have a pint for our favorite holiday. Beer is one of the oldest man-made beverages and evidence has dated it back to the Neolithic era. This holiday is celebrated in countries all over the world on the first Friday in August and participating couldn't be easier. So who wants to meet at the local pub? Bottoms up!

Why We Love International Beer Day

A. Drinking beer is good for you
Beer keeps your kidneys healthy! A Finnish study showed that beer was actually good for your kidneys. In fact, each bottle of beer you drink reduces the risk of developing kidney stones by 40%.

B. Beer tastes great
There are so many flavors in the beer scene today you’re bound to find one that you love. The major ones are as follows: Crisp, Malt, Hop, Roast, Smoke, Fruit/Aromatic, and Tart/funky. Find the beer that matches the flavor profile that you like best, or that pairs best with a meal.

C. Beer is full of vitamins
. Beer can increase your vitamin B levels! Beer contains several B vitamins (B1, B2, B6 and B12). A Dutch study found that beer drinkers had 30 percent higher levels of vitamin B6 than their non-drinking study participants, and levels that were twice as high as those of wine drinkers. Beer is also a generous source of vitamin B12!

How to Celebrate International Beer Day

1. Enjoy beer with your friends
Meet up with your best friends after work today to have a glass of your favorite and to enjoy great company while you do it. Or if you prefer invite a few people over and pick up a six-pack or two on the way home and keep the party close to home.

2. Try out a new beer
There are so many new beers, new breweries, new flavors and styles of beer available now what better day to try that red rye ale you’ve had your eye on. What about that sour Belgian style, or that dark chocolate oatmeal stout you’ve always wondered what it tasted like. Go ahead, today is your day to try a new beer!

3. Go to a beer tasting or try a flight
Beer tastings are similar to wine tastings and can be a lot of fun and quite educational. Try a flight of beers at a local brewery and see what strikes your fancy. Search for a local beer tasting in your town and try out some new beers today.

International Beer Day - Key Moments
1818
Munich establishes Oktoberfest as an official celebration
1400s
Germany develops its brewing methods for lager and establishes its first brewing guild, Brauerei Beck
1587
The first beer brewed in the Americas is brewed in Virginia
1600 BC
Egyptians write out medical prescriptions that include drinking beer
4300 BC
Babylonians write out recipes for beer on clay tablets
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