Celebrate International Beer Day!

Did you know that it’s International Beer Day every first Friday of August? Yes, there is such a day! Founded in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California, International Beer Day is now an international event celebrated in more than 200 cities worldwide.

In honor of one of the oldest, and one of the most popular alcoholic beverages in the world, let’s read up on a few American beer trivia.

Did you know…

… that American beer is made mostly with rice, giving it a lighter color and flavor. Lighter colored beer is popular and many beer brewers believe in the saying “the lighter the better?”

… that 12 oz of a typical American pale lager has fewer calories than 2% milk or apple juice?

… that beer has also influenced the history of American religion? When the English Puritans (the “Mayflower Pilgrims”) landed in the US, they cannot sail further than Plymouth Rock and into warmer climates because they have run out of beer.

… that beer played a role in the history of the young American government? George Washington brewed his own beer in Mount Vernon. He also insisted that his troops be given a quart of beer as part of their daily rations.

… that American beer has helped influence the Presidency? President Franklin Delano Roosevelt won the 1932 election, in part because of his platform to end Prohibition.

… that Jim Whitaker, the first American to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, brought with him a can of Seattle’s own Rainier Beer when he made the ascent in 1963?

… that American beer is also a testament to the nation’s creativity? Michelob, a brand now run by Anheuser-Busch (the nation’s largest brewery), was said to be originally invented by untrained brewers during a strike. The recipe turned out to be so bad that they were tossed away by the taverns. But when the strike was over, the company managed to salvage what was left of the bad beer and make it better. Thus a lasting brand was born.

So in the spirit of International Beer Day, go have fun by visiting your local watering hole. Or celebrate the day relaxing at home with your loyal drinking buddies. Cheers!


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