Did y’all know that was a thing? Did y’all know that National Drink Beer Day was a thing? I sure as hell didn’t, but boy am I glad it is! For the second day in a row I will keep things brief, but while yesterday it was more because I had some things I needed to get done, today it’s so we can all read this and get back to work so we can finish work in a timely fashion and start celebrating National Drink Beer Day!
What is National Drink Beer Day?
Well, according to the National Day Calendar, it’s a day to celebrate the close of Oktoberfest (which, of course, is in September) and to generally take some time to enjoy the tastiest and most famous of Oktoberfest beverages. Ah. So that’s the reason. It’s good to have one, I guess. Otherwise I would have just drank a beer or two because I’m in my thirties and today is a Tuesday.
The best part is that apparently the holiday isn’t limited to alcoholic beer. Root beer, ginger beer, and even raspberry beer (I don’t know what it is and it sounds terrible so I didn’t even Google it) are apparently ripe for celebrating today.
Of course, most of us will probably go with something that has alcohol in it. With that in mind, here are a few helpful hints on how to best celebrate National Drink Beer Day.
1. Start Early
Not too early. Like, don’t risk your job and definitely don’t do anything dangerous. But if you have an opportunity to have a beer at a time that normally wouldn’t be socially acceptable (maybe with lunch or at least in the mid- to late afternoon?), then go for it!
Have a few different types of beer handy. For those of us in Texas, the whether is still pretty warm so I will personally be avoiding stouts, porters, and other heavier, cold-weather beers. But I will likely have an IPA, a lager, maybe an amber…who knows? But variety is the spice of life, so I’m sure we’ll have at least four or five different styles of beer around.
3. Stay Local
Or at least small. I like going to a liquor store for this purpose because typically there’s better selection of smaller craft brews from my area. Supporting local small businesses is a great and important thing. Why give money to Anheuser Busch when I can give money to a local, family-owned, independent brewery like Lakewood Brewing Company? I will probably buy some beer from independent breweries outside of Texas, but I will definitely buy beer from some independent breweries as close to my neighborhood as possible.
4. Don’t Overdo It!
There are several reasons for this: First off, you’re an adult and tomorrow is Wednesday, meaning you likely have work, and working hungover is the worst. Trust me, I’ve done it, and it’s terrible. For another thing, if you’re drinking at a bar instead of at home, it’s dangerous. Drinking and driving is unsafe, period. And for yet another, we already have plenty of holidays that celebrate copious drinking: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Super Bowl Sunday, and maybe even some Old Country holidays if you have a family that celebrates its pre-American culture. Today is about appreciating beer. It’s about really tasting the beer and celebrating a drink that is very, very old.
Weihenstephan Abbey in Germany has a brewery on sight that has brewed beer since 1040. Almost a thousand years! English didn’t even sound like English back then, the Norman invasion hadn’t happened, Shakespeare was still 524 years away from being born, and only six planets (including Earth) had been discovered with some empirical evidence. Dinosaurs hadn’t even been unearthed by humans. Unreal. And that’s just the oldest continuously operated brewery.
Archaeologists have discovered a beer recipe from Ancient Sumer dating back 3,800 years. That’s 1,800 years before Jesus Christ. Wooly mammoths had only been extinct about 200 years when that recipe was being carved into that tablet. Julius Caesar was 1,700 years away from being born. And that’s just the oldest beer recipe that we know of. Beer is a very, very old drink indeed.
Anyway, I digress. I said I’d keep it short and that’s just what I’m going to do. Have a great Tuesday and please celebrate National Drink Beer Day responsibly. Cheers! Prost! Sláinte! Salud! Skål! Sei gesund! And na zdravi!