As far as fans of this tipple are concerned, any time is a good time for a nice pint of frothy beer. This Friday, pick up your mugs and chug away with your buddies to celebrate International Beer Day.
For it is no surprise that beer is the most-consumed alcoholic beverage across the world. With multiple types like ale, brew, chill pop, hops, lager, malt, oil, stout, and suds, it becomes a joy for all of us to gather, drink beer and converse after a hectic day’s work.
Whether the topic of conversation is serious or stupid, systematic or a mess, comic or one of unburdening one’s woes, it’s always well augmented with a bottle of beer. And yes, snacks or conversation, everything tastes better with beer.
The first beer trial
To phrase the event, one can term it as ‘a celebration of common thirst.” Beer is a malt-based drink, fermented and brewed from cereals. It originated accidentally when a grain got fermented and developed a bubbly aromatic product. With a curiosity to turn the table, someone tried the product. As assumed, he didn’t die but definitely announced its little satisfactory buzz as, “Wow.” And ever since then that “wow” has remained constant.
History of beer
The ancient world proves the continuity of beer from generations. Whether it is Egyptian pharaohs, peasants, priests, even children having it as a part of their diet or the Babylonia and Mesopotamia’s obsession, beer was always present.
The archaeologists have also found evidence of clay and ceramic pots from 4300 BC to 3400 BC used to ferment the grain into beer. After the Christians introduced hops in medieval time, and now that the techniques have carefully perfected over centuries, beer, in this millennium, is still continued to brew with hops, herbs, or fruits that add flavour, Macro, micro, or craft.
Some much-loved beer brands:
- Bira 91
Significance of International Beer Day
In 2007, Jesse Avshalomov, Evan Hamilton, Aaron Araki, and Richard Hernandez, in San Francisco, US initiated the celebration of gathering of friends and strangers together over pints of beer as International Beer Day.
One of the other major motives was to pay tribute to those responsible for brewing and serving beer and unite the world under the banner of beer.
Jesse quoted this as, “…an experiment in virality gone horribly right.” From 2007 to 2012 the day was celebrated on August 5, but on public demand of Friday night, the organiser rescheduled the celebration.
How to celebrate International Beer Day?
Whether you like it dark, light, or sour, or even non-alcoholic, pick a glass or can of beer and just enjoy the amazing time. The celebrations also include specific activities.
Firstly, put your favourite jam on karaoke and sing it for your friends and the people out there. It is also time to try something new on International Beer Day.
Some beer enthusiasts can also include learning about the history and science behind the brewery. And finally, be generous to mankind. If you make a regular appearance at a local pub, tavern or taproom, then provide the staff with extravagant tips.
Appreciate them and as a modern festival needs a modern celebration. Take selfies and show your love and respect to them.
You can also check out our article on drinking games if you want to have some fun this international beer day: https://www.utkaltoday.com/fun-drinking-games-ideas/
Here’s a list of songs (and some trivia) to glam up your beer day
The tradition of beer is so popular that some countries even have their personalised odes for beer. Here’s the list for you to cherish them at your beer day celebration-
- “I Like Beer”- Recorded by an American music artist Tom T. Hall in 1975, it is considered as one of the best US Country Music Singles.
- “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer”- This 2010 recorded country music by Billy Currington became the singer’s fifth song to grab the number one position on U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
- “Beer in Mexico”- It was written and recorded by American country music artist Kenny Chesney in 2007.
- “Bubbles in My Beer”- Here comes a swing song recorded by “Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys” in 1947. A critic once commented about this song that it is “the ultimate self-pity song”, but also credits it with “setting the tone for a whole genre of songs about drowning sorrows in the barroom”.
- “Drink a Beer”- This is a country ballad written by Jim Beavers and Chris Stapleton. Recorded by Luke Bryan in November 2013, Bryan says to have connected with the story after losing both his siblings.
The beer classification provides us with Ales, Lagers, Lambic, Imperials as the four major categories, which further get divided into almost 15 types, and that’s a huge range to choose from.
We all must admit that beer is the drink of choice for reunions, backyard cookouts, and get-togethers with friends and family from then to now. And most importantly it is ideal for the toast of love and happiness.
Lockdown celebrations for beer day
But what about the celebrations in the time of Corona? Just get your beer delivered home, and schedule a video call. Sharing with you two super easy beer cocktail recipes.
Some beer cocktails for your online parties
Let’s start with a Beerade. For this, all you will need is 150ml of any other neutral flavoured beer and 150ml of lemonade.
- Fill in half a glass with the lemonade and top it with the beer.
- This refreshing cocktail is quite summery and helps you to gulp down your stress too.
- That was super easy, right?
Now comes Bloodlust, the beer-y sister of Bloody Mary.
- In a glass, pour 180ml of a neutral flavoured beer.
- Now pour 60ml of tomato juice down its sides.
- Sprinkle salt, and mix a little. Don’t wait to sip, just chug it.
A healthy role too
Beer is the most nutritious alcoholic drink. The antioxidants like flavonoids in barley and hops and other nutrients like iron, calcium, phosphates and even fibre make it more nutritious. It lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases and is proven to reduce the origination of kidney stone by 41%. It promotes healthy blood-sugar and reduces the cholesterol.
The high silicon content increases the strength of bones and it is also used as an antidepressant. The other health benefits are memory-boosting as well as an increase in cognitive activities.
Happy drinking! Enjoy and celebrate International Beer Day.
Remember, “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip… but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.”
– Czech Proverb