International Beer Day: Your Local Pub Awaits

By: Simone Graham – Editor: International Beer Day has arrived so here are a few factoids and tips for the celebration.

Lager vs. Ale:

Most beers on the market today are either ales or lagers.  Lagers tend to have a more smooth and mellow flavor while Ales are more full-bodied and slightly bitter. This is all due to the yeast and fermentation process. Lagers, German for “to store”, are fermented for longer at lower temperatures. Due to this time-consuming process a lot of small breweries cannot afford the time it takes for fermentation and leave it to the big boys.  Ales are fermented at higher temperatures for a shorter period and contain hops, which add the bitter flavor. If you meet a time traveler from the Middle Ages, this is their beverage of choice.

How to celebrate IBD

For those who are new to this whole International Beer Day thing, this guide on how to celebrate this amazing day.

Drink Good Beer with Good Friends: If you were thinking about spending International Beer Day by yourself, think again. Drinking beer may be the most important part of celebrating International Beer Day, but that beer goes best with a little conversation.  So, drag your friends out to an IBD celebration or invite them into your home, but make sure you have some camaraderie to go with your brews.

Find Your Nearest IBD Celebration: There may be International Beer Day events right around the corner. Call your local pubs.

Give the Gift of Beer: It is a well known fact that beer tastes better when someone else buys it for you, so it is a tradition on International Beer Day to buy beer for your friends. When you present the beer, do not forget the traditional words of beer-giving: “I bring you the gift of beer.”

Enjoy Beers From Other Cultures: It is a big beer world out there full of wondrous new flavors.  Be adventurous, try something new on International Beer Day.

Thank Your Brewer, Thank Your Bartender: Thousands of men and women around the world have devoted their lives to providing us with the enormous variety of beers we have available to us and on International Beer Day it is important to let these people know that we appreciate them. So, write a note, leave a tip, make a call, or just say thanks, but make sure your brewers and bartenders know that you love them.

Beer Trivia

  • Ancient Egyptians built the pyramids while consuming a healthy amount of beer. About four liters a day, to be exact.
  • Ancient Babylonians took the seriousness of brewing to a whole new level. If a bad batch was made the brewer was drowned in it.
  • Vikings believed that a giant goat resided in Valhalla whose udders were filled with an unlimited supply of beer.
  • The Czech Republic is the beer drinking capital of the world. Each Czech drinks an average of 40 gallons a year.
  • Beer contains a high level of silicon which increases the calcium deposits and minerals for healthy bone tissue.

Happy International Beer Day! http://internationalbeerday.com

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