National Beer Day – April 7

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I’ll drink to that … may be your personal motto, and if so, this is your day. National Beer Day is celebrated on April 7th every year. This day recognizes the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage, beer. Following water and tea, beer is also the third most popular drink overall.

On April 7, 1933, President Roosevelt took the major first step toward ending Prohibition and signed a law allowing people to brew and distribute beer in the United States. Upon signing the legislation, FDR famously stated, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.” For the first time in thirteen years, beer drinkers celebrated and we’re happy to be able to purchase beer again. On that same day, 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed, inspiring the holiday celebrated today.

Beer Drinkers Are Considered The Most Approachable People:

Both women (70%) and men (59%) who drink beer are perceived as more approachable than drinkers of any other alcoholic beverage. Having a pint in the U.K. (England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales) is a social standard for meeting people. Whether it is a drink after work with friends, a back yard B-B-Q, or social event honoring friends, beer drinkers always seem to be happy.

The Czech Republic is the # 1 country in the world for beer consumption per capita of adults, with the total consumption per person of 158.6 liters. Ireland is the # 2 country in the world for beer consumption per capita of adults, with the total consumption per person: 131.1 liters. Germany is the # 3 country in the world for beer consumption per capita of adults, with the total consumption per person: 110 liters. The United States is the # 13 country in the world for beer consumption per capita of adults, with the total consumption per person: 81.6 liters per person.

As far as beer drinkers in the United States, the District of Columbia is the # 1 area with adults consuming 3.85 gallons per year. Wisconsin is the # 7 state in the US with every adult consuming 2.95 gallons per year. The State of Illinois is # 26 in the US with every adult consuming 2.32 gallons per year, but ranks higher in adults consuming whiskey and wine. The # 50 state is West Virginia with adults consuming only 1.76 gallons annually, but this number may be shadowed by the number of ‘stills’ still operating in the state.

A survey by the National Beer Association shows that 31% of people say they have 1 beer every week. Those that have 2 to 4 beers each week represent 34% of the survey. And 18% say they have 5 or more beers every week.

One of the world’s oldest prepared beverages, beer possibly dates back to 9500 BC when cereal was first farmed. It is also recorded in the written history of ancient Iraq and ancient Egypt.

Perhaps there’s a porter or a Belgian in your glass. Whether yours is fermented or not, dark or pale, hoppy, bitter, smooth, raise your mug – this is your day. Lift it high among friends around the world, thanking those who work brewing delicious beer in your local area. Currently, beer lovers have more selection than ever before. The craft beer industry continues to challenge the classics, providing a wide variety of choices. Thanks to these opportunities, new beer drinkers are joining the club every day. What brand will you be toasting tonight?

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