International Beer Day is a popular celebration on the first Friday of August. The next one is Saturday, August 7, 2021.
The Origins of Beer
Beer was first brewed in West Asia where grains were first farmed. There is archeological evidence of beer or something like it in prehistoric Israel, Turkey and Iran.
Water in towns was not always safe, so people brewed beer to drink. It’s refreshing and also provides calories.
The builders of the Great Pyramids of Egypt were given daily beer rations.
International Beer Traditions
There are great beer traditions all over the Latin world.
Spaniards enjoy tapas with beer. Brazilians love to end their workday chatting over a beer. Mexicans drink beer with lime.
Baseball and soccer fans drink beer while watching games. In Colombia Pollos Mario fried chicken makes a family meal on soccer days.
Beer in New York City
Beer was also popular in what became New York City because we didn’t have a reliably safe water supply until the Croton Aqueduct opened in 1842.
Whatever you do, please drink responsibly.