International Beer Day, a global celebration of beer, is held on the First Friday in August. This year it’s tomorrow, August 4th.
Beer is an alcoholic drink made from yeast-fermented grains, such as wheat or barley.
Typically flavored with hops, herbs and fruits can be added for a different flavor. It is one of the world’s oldest beverages, thought to date back to the early Neolithic era (~9500 BC).
A popular beverage, beer is listed on many Top-5-Beverages-In-The-World lists, following water, soft drinks, and tea. (With coffee taking the #5 spot).
How to Celebrate?
• Try your hand at brewing your own beer. At-home beer making kits are readily available and cost less than you’d think (many start under $50).
• Spend your evening at a bar trying out new types of beer. Local craft beer bars and microbreweries are popular.
• Take a brewery tour and spend time learning the science behind beer making.
• Be adventurous. Sample beers varieties that you haven’t tried before.
• Enjoy beers from other cultures.
Fun facts . . .
. . . Beer is the name of craters on Mars and on the Moon. They are named in honor of the German astronomer, Wilhelm Beer.
. . . Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass.
. . . Banana beer is made from the fermentation of mashed, ripe East-African Highland bananas. Commercial brands of banana beer include Mongozo Banana Beer, Raha, and Agashya.
Serving beer at your wedding?
Get creative by:
• Offering beer flights for your guests to sample different beers.
• Want a fun summertime drink? Try a Shandy. It’s half beer/half lemonade. For a fall wedding do a half beer/half apple cider mix.
• Decorate with wheat and hops. Create a hops garland, or boutonniere, or use a bundle of wheat as a centerpiece.
• Give little jars of beer jam as favors.
• Give personalized bottle openers as favors.
• Incorporate beer in your menu. Serve a delicious beer bread, chocolate Guinness cake, beer cheese dip, honey beer braised ribs, or chili beer glazed steaks.
Do you have any good recipes using beer, or other fun ideas using beer?
So raise your pilsner glass and give a toast to brewers and bartenders and beer!
Hearts, Joy, Love!