October 27, 2013

National American Beer Day

"They who drink beer will think beer.” - Washington Irving

It's National American Beer Day!

Alcohol has played an interesting role throughout our nation's short history. For example, it's believed that the Pilgrims stopped at Plymouth Rock (instead of traveling onward to Virginia) because they ran out of beer. Fast forward a couple centuries and for 13 years, 10 months, 19 days, 17 hours, and 32.5 minutes Prohibition prevented folks from drinking/making beer (.... legally, that is). I don't know about you, but I'm sort of glad I wasn't around for either moment in time!

I am, however, thrilled that I get to partake in things like National American Beer Day. While it's tempting to grab any old brew and call it good, be mindful of the selection you make to celebrate today's holiday. I'm not just referring to imports, but to macrobrews, as well. You know what's more Amur-KAH'n then chugging down a Budweiser (which, remember, is now owned by the Belgian/Brazilian conglomerate InBev)? Supporting local breweries, instead. Especially in the past few years, our country has seen a serious boom in craft beer. People want that regionally distinctive flavor that microbrews offer. Today is the perfect day to try something you've never tried (that's made in your own state - like Peak Organic made just a couple miles from where I live) or even check out a brewery tour!

Happy National American Beer Day!