April 7, 2013

National Beer Day

"Everybody has to believe in something... I believe I'll have another drink." - W.C. Fields

It's National Beer Day!

If you didn't live in Amur'KAH and took a look at a calendar outlining all of the food holidays we celebrated throughout the year you would think our country had an unhealthy obsession with a few things: cherries, blueberries, peaches, raspberries, dessert, and alcohol. And you would be absolutely right! Having eaten a year's worth of food holidays I can vouch for how exhausting these particular culinary themes can be (especially desserts, which seem to be the primary focus of the entire month of June... don't know about you, but stuffing myself with heavy, sweet things isn't exactly at the forefront of my mind when I'm trying to look good decent moderately acceptable in a bathing suit).

But alcohol? I have loved celebrating every single one! Especially since I didn't acquire a taste for beer until the latter half of my twenties. My usual summer routine is to run four miles, go home and take a shower, then end my night with pizza and a couple Allagash Whites (my all-time favorite beer; and, it's what I'm drinking in the picture above).!

Now go forth and drink. And impress your friends with useless beer knowledge, like:
- PBR gets it's name because it was the first beer to win a blue ribbon at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
- Prohibition lasted 13 years, 10 months, 19 days, 17 hours, and 32.5 minutes. But who's counting?
- A "cerevisaphile" is an afficiando or serious lover of beer.
- The saying "rule of thumb" originates from when brewers would test the temperatures of their beer (this was before thermometers) to gauge whether or not yeast would thrive or die.
- Women were the first professional brewers (damn, skippeh!).

Happy National Beer Day!