It seems that everything nowadays has its own “day” of celebration. Once upon a time, we had days to celebrate people and important events but little else. Today, we have everything from National School Librarian Day to Middle Name Pride Day to, yes, various beer days. One of them is celebrated on the first Friday of August each year. It is known as International Beer Day and it happens to be today, August 2, 2013.
Why International Beer Day?
International Beer Day is all about celebrating beer around the world. It isn’t just about sampling and commemorating beer from other countries- it is really about celebrating beer in general, but on a worldwide scale. According to the International Beer Day web site (yes, there is such a site), the purpose of International Beer Day is:
- To gather with friends and enjoy the deliciousness that is beer
- To celebrate the dedicated men and women who brew and serve our beer
- To bring the world together under the united banner of beer by celebrating the beers of all nations and cultures together on this one remarkable day
International Beer Day is all about showing respect. Respect for the malt beverage we hold so dearly. Respect for the great people who formulate amazing craft beer recipes and brew the beer we love. Respect for the bartenders who work tirelessly to serve us our beer of choice. And respect for the countless others in the supply chain who make sure the malt beverages we cherish make their way to our supermarkets, beverage stores, restaurants, and taverns each day.
Some local establishments have special International Beer Day celebrations. The International Beer Day web site has an interactive map showing where different events are held. Last time I checked, no Houston area restaurant, tavern, etc., was holding an IBD event, at least according to the website and map. There are some official celebrations in Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas and there may actually be a celebration or two in the Houston area that just hasn’t confirmed itself with the IBD staff and is thus not in the IBD web site.
Time to Celebrate
Whether your city has an official celebration or not, everyone can mark the occasion of International Beer Day. Gather with friends, family, and others at home or head to your favorite watering hole and order your most cherished brand or style of beer. Then raise your glass to the many hard- working people who help bring you the beer you love on a daily basis. Millions work in the beer industry and they all deserve our respect and admiration on this special day.
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