Beer is a well-known beverage loved by many for its vast array of flavors and applications. People have been crafting and consuming this unique refreshment for thousands of years. And, some of the earliest writings known to man are about producing and distributing this delightful drink.
Without a doubt, beer is often celebrated for its keen ability to enhance social gatherings. And, there is any number of beer-related celebrations to enjoy. But, did you know that there is an entire holiday dedicated entirely to drinking beer?
In America, National Drink Beer Day is celebrated every year on September 28th, and just like the wide variety of beers available for consumers today, there are numerous ways to celebrate this one-of-a-kind holiday. From backyard parties to organized pub crawls, keep reading to find out more about the day we dedicate to drinking beer.
Who Celebrates National Drink Beer Day
While it may seem obvious, only adults of legal drinking age can genuinely celebrate National Drink Beer Day. Aside from this stipulation, pretty much anyone can get in on the fun of sharing a pint (or two) with friends and toasting together in celebration. After all, beer is the third most popular beverage choice in the world coming in directly after water and tea.
This splendid little “holiday” may be based in America, but that doesn’t mean that you can only celebrate in America. Indeed, this event is open-ended enough, that it can be observed almost anywhere in the world. Plus, as beer connoisseurs will tell you, great beers come from every corner of the globe.
As we mentioned about nearly anyone can celebrate this special day. However, there are some cases when you should not celebrate this holiday. If you are on any medications, consult with your doctor before drinking any alcoholic beverage. Also, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you may want to skip out on the celebrations.
Why You Should Celebrate National Drink Beer Day
For many people, beer represents an American tradition. It ties them to a long line of history and encourages a sense of livelihood at parties. For many, drinking beer is fun, refreshing, and promotes feelings of happiness and delight. Even if you don’t drink beer on a regular basis, this holiday can be a great way to step out of your comfort zone and enjoy yourself.
Celebrating National Drink Beer Day gives people the opportunity to embrace all of the good feelings that this libation can bring them. Also, because it’s a nationally recognized holiday, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find some great deals on your favorite ale, lager, or brewski. Plus, who doesn’t love a good excuse to go out and have a great time?
If you don’t usually like drinking beer, this holiday can also be an excellent way to find a brew you love. There are thousands of different beers available to consumers, and we can almost guarantee that there’s one out there that will suit your taste. Use this holiday as an excuse to sort through the different types of beers and find yourself a winner.
Brief History of Beer in America
We mentioned above that many people enjoy the long history of this unique beverage. But what historical context does beer honestly have? Below we’ll explore a brief overview of the history of beer in America so you too can enjoy its historical side.
Much of American history focuses on the time after pilgrims settled here, but did you know that Native Americans were making beer long before European settlers got here? In the early 1500s, people in the Americas made beer out of corn and corn products (like cornbread). This method of small batch productions would remain for many years.
By the early 1600s, commercial beer production was finally on the horizon of the “New World.” And, while it would still be a few centuries before commercial production would really come into its own, it was at this point that European settlers started to bring with them the unique tastes and brewing strategies of their native cultures.
The 1800s were a time of incredible growth in the American brewing industry. During this century, the number of commercial breweries in America climbs from just over 100 to over 4,000. However, this number would dramatically decrease during the early 1900s.
The implementation of prohibition in the 1920s nearly led to the demise of commercial brewing in America. But, luckily this ban would only last for a short while. After the repeal of prohibition, it just took about a year for hundreds of breweries to be up and running again.
While the number of breweries in America has fluctuated since prohibition ended in 1933, today there are over 5,000 commercial breweries. Small craft beers are experiencing a resurgence lately. And today you can find a different kind of beer to suit just about any palate.
Ways You Can Celebrate National Drink Beer Day
Now that you know why you should celebrate National Drink Beer Day; let’s talk about how you can observe this joyous holiday. Indeed some of the ideas here may seem pretty obvious, but that doesn’t mean they are fun. Also, rest assured that we’ve got a few ideas to spark your creativity when it comes to enjoying this festive occasion.
Meet With Friends
First on our list of ways to celebrate is the simple act of meeting up with friends. If you and your posse are lucky enough to have the day off from work, you can meet any time of day. But, if you or your friends have to work, don’t worry, just hit up a nearby happy hour when you get done for the day.
When looking for ways to celebrate this particular day, check around your local area for any holiday inspired pub crawls. Bars are continually looking for new ways to draw in customers. And this specific holiday presents the perfect opportunity to do just that.
If you love the idea of getting a “behind-the-scenes” look at how your favorite brewers cultivate the perfect beer, consider taking a brewery tour to celebrate this day of drinking. Many breweries both small and large offer tour of their facilities accompanied by samples of their featured products.
Throw A Party
For those who prefer to celebrate in the comfort of their own homes, this celebration strategy may be best for you. You can feature any number of unforgettable themes at your party, but our favorite is the simple “craft beer” theme.
Adorn your home with decorations inspired by your favorite craft beer. To get the most out of this idea have your friends bring their favorite craft brew to share with the group. Don’t forget to provide tasting glasses for everyone. For extra fun include a few beer-themed games.
Start Brewing Your Own Beer
Not everyone is into big, extravagant celebrations, and that’s okay. If you prefer to celebrate this national holiday more demurely, consider a “crafty” approach. We won’t say that brewing beer at home is necessarily easy, but it’s pretty simple to get started. Look for beer making kits online at your local brewing supply store.
Keep in mind that if you start this project on National Drink Beer Day, you won’t be drinking your beer for quite some time. If you want to pop the top on your home-brew on this celebratory day, you need to make your own beer ahead of time according to your kits’ instructions.
While many people have a favorite beer that they typically gravitate towards try stepping out of your comfort zone. If you’re new to the beer scene, it can be intimidating to grapple with the different types of beer available. A few kinds include:
Within each of these general categories, you’ll likely find several different styles available. Here’s just a handful of the various labels you'll find:
- India Pale Ale
The list goes on. Plus, with craft breweries popping up all over the country, it’s safe to say there are some types and styles we’ve never even heard of. Remember, beer is an incredibly versatile beverage, and with a little perseverance, you’ll find the beer that’s perfect for you.
What if You Don’t Like Beer?
If you don’t enjoy drinking beer, consider being an excellent friend and volunteering to be the designated driver. Your friends will applaud your generosity, and you’ll still get the fun of celebrating with everyone else. To keep the spirit of the holiday in mind, fill your glass with root beer or ginger “ale."
How to Be Safe on National Drink Beer Day
No matter how you plan to celebrate the act of drinking beer, always do so in a safe manner. Remember that you should never drink and drive, even if you’ve only had a small amount of alcohol. Also, be mindful of the number of drinks you’re consuming and try not to overdo it. Drinking beer is fun, but the hangover that follows isn’t.