Wednesday, August 3, 2011

International Beer Day - August 5th

Observed by - Beer Lovers
Type - Cultural
Date - August 5
Celebrations -  Beer Gatherings, cook-outs

International Beer Day (IBD) is an August 5 holiday invented in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California in the United States.Specifically, the holiday has three declared purposes: first, to gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer; second, to celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer; and third, to bring the world together under the united banner of beer by celebrating the beers of all nations and cultures together.

Participants are encouraged to give one another the gift of beer by buying each other drinks and to express gratitude to brewers, bartenders, and so forth by means of generous tips, thank you notes, or whatever else may be appropriate. In the international spirit of the holiday, it is also suggested that participants step out of their domestic/locally brewed comfort zone and sample a beer from another culture.

International Beer Day began as a celebration at the founders’ local bar, but has since expanded to become a worldwide event. Celebrations are planned throughout the U.S. and in the Philippines, Turkey, Australia, Israel, England, Estonia, South Africa, Canada , Germany and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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