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National American Beer Day

National American Beer Day

National American Beer Day is observed by beer drinkers across the nation every year on October 27. Though Americans love a good pint of Guinness, a chilled Heineken, or a bubbling Corona, they’ll set aside imports of all kinds on National American Beer Day to instead celebrate distinctly domestic lagers and ales brewed across the country.

History Of National American Beer Day

While the general history of beer begins as far back as approximately 7,000 years ago, the now-ubiquitous drink didn’t appear in the United States until the latter of the 16th century. Virginian colonists, likely nostalgic for the alcoholic staple in pubs everywhere back in England, looked to their corn crops as a possible source of libation creation. They began to brew the first-recorded American ales, and in the early years of the 17th century, the first brewery in the New World would appear in what was then called “New Amsterdam,” now known as “Manhattan.”

Sadly, neither this brewhouse nor the others that would spring up throughout the next hundred years are still in operation. However, the brewing company of D.G. Yuengling & Son would be the first to buck this trend. Founded in 1829 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Yuengling has been in operation for nearly 200 years! The company is as strong as ever: in 2018, it placed at #1 in the Brewers Association’s list of the top 50 craft brewing companies in America. 

Yuengling may be the longest-surviving brewery in America, but its competition has grown since its earliest days. As of 2019, there are over 7,000 breweries that produce beer in the United States; they range in size from industry giants like MillerCoors to smaller brewpubs and microbreweries. Currently, California hosts the greatest number of craft breweries, with more than 750 independent breweries that can call the Golden State their home. Regardless of where they live, though, on National American Beer Day, people across the country will toast to their favorite American beers, possibly with a glass in hand. 

National American Beer Day Timeline

American Beer Appears
Colonists in Virginia worked together to create the first American-brewed beers.

The President Takes a Stance
George Washington’s warning against foreign entanglements extended to his choice of beverage as he declared that he would only drink porter beers produced in America.

A Giant is Born
Anheuser-Busch is founded as “Bavarian Brewery.” Now the #1 beer producer in America, the company reports it commands 46% of U.S. beer sales.

The Prohibition Era Begins
The passage of the 18th amendment to the constitution puts the breweries’ business in jeopardy.

National American Beer Day Faqs

Is today National American Beer Day?
National American Beer Day falls every October 27, but if you want to observe it on any other day of the year, who are we to judge?
Is there a National Alcohol Day?
There doesn’t seem to be a National Alcohol Day, but there are mainly holidays based around types of alcohol like beer, wine, margaritas, etc. If you’re in the U.S., why not honor alcohol on December 5? It’s the day of prohibition. It was repealed.
How many national beer days are there?
While we’re of the mind that any day can be a national beer day, there are a few notes worth mentioning, including International Beer Day (August 2), National Beer Day (April 7), and National Beer Can Appreciation Day (January 24).

National American Beer Day Activities

  1. Grab some Buds with some buds
  2. Pick up a pack of Budweiser (or any American beer of your choice), call up your friends, and kick back with some brews in hand.
  3. Tour a nearby brewery
  4. A quick online search should point you toward several breweries near you. It doesn’t take much planning to have a great time at a brewery, and it’s a great opportunity to support a local American business!
  5. Try Creating Your Craft
  6. Homebrewing is an increasingly popular hobby in households throughout the country. Pick up a craft-a-brew set online, or go full DIY and start to build out your brewing kit at home!

Why We Love National American Beer Day

  1. Beer Has a Pleasant Taste
  2. Many appreciate the relaxing effect that drinking alcohol can have on a person, which is why so many people turn to beer to unwind for a bit. But we don’t just benefit from the alcohol inherent in our favorite brews; a beer’s taste can also positively affect us. According to researchers at Indiana University, experiencing the taste of beer can cause the release of the feel-good chemical dopamine in our brains independent of any influence of alcohol itself.
  3. It Gives Us a Reason To Come Together
  4. We often find ourselves unable to spend time with our friends and loved ones. National American Beer Day serves as a motivation to make the time to head down to the local brewery and have a couple with those we want to loosen up with.
  5. American Craft Beer is Iconic
  6. Beer may have origins outside North America, but arguably no other country has explored its numerous forms as extensively as the U.S. The United States outnumbers all other nations by thousands in the total number of craft breweries in production.

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