Soundtrack: International Beer Day 08.05.10
Today is right up there with International Bacon Day in terms of obscure yet delicious holidays.
International Beer Day (unrelated to the National Beer Drinking Song) was started by some guys in Santa Cruz way back in 2007 and is slowly ebbing out beyond the Yay Area. It’s an August 5th tradition to, well, drink beer. Like you need another excuse.
Supposedly, the proper way to greet someone today is by saying “I bring you the gift of beer“. For which one cannot refuse. Not a bad tradition to start.
Here’s a soundtrack for today’s festivities:
Andy Reynolds “Beer Bottle Mama”
from History of Country & Western
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys “Bubbles in my Beer”
Beck “Beercan” from Mellow Gold
Utica Club “National Carbonation Beer Drinking Song”
Ramones “Gimmie My Steel Reserve”
from Steel Reserve Beer Commercial
Naked Raygun “Wonder Beer” from Understand?
Admiral Radley (ex-Grandaddy) “I’m All Fucked On Beer”
from I Heart California
Tom T. Hall “I Like Beer” (live)
from The Nashville Storyteller
The Blazers “Glorious Beer”
from More College Drinking Songs
The Seeburg Style K “Beer Barrel Polka”
from Musée Mécanique – San Francisco Vol. 1
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DRINK ÜP WITH THE ÜMLAUT:
A few choice entries our beer category.
Wear: Brew Holster Cult
Beer In A Can: Fishnet Lingerie Design
Found: Vintage Beer Cans In Wall of SF Apartment
PBR: Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer 1844 Debuts in China
Beer: Pics from Lagunitas Beer Circus 2010
Pop Quiz: What Beer is Princess Leia Toasting?
W-w-watch: Drunk Guy Putting on Flip-Flop at Coachella
Beer: Wild Hops in Abandoned Miner Cabin
SXSW: Beer Labels x Indie Rock Mashup
Beer: First Look At Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot Ale. WTF FTW!
Beer: Vintage Schaefer Moog Spot
Beer: Goose Island Matilda On Tap, Bourbon County Stout Now In Bombers!
What about Todd Snider’s Beer Run song?
Hadn’t heard that one! Will have to go on next year’s mix.
There are a lot of unofficial random beer drinking holidays in the US, but National Beer Day is the only one with any historical significance.
New Beer’s Eve – April 6th
National Beer Day – April 7th
National Homebrew Day – May 7th
American Craft Beer Week – Starts on the 3rd Monday in May and goes for a week
International Beer Day – Aug. 5th
National Beer Lover’s Day – Sept. 7th
National Drink a Beer Day – Sept. 28th
American Beer Day – Oct. 27th
National Beer Day (April 7th) is the only with with a historically significant date.
April 7th is National Beer Day here in the US. In 1933 during the prohibition era, the Cullen-Harrison Act was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt on March 23rd. That law was enacted on April 7th allowing the brewing and sale of beer in the United States again as long as it was < 3.2% (4% ABV). It's said that people waited in line overnight on April 6th outside Milwaukee breweries in order to legally buy beer for the first time in over 13 years. As a result, April 7th is known as National Beer Day and April 6th is called New Beers Eve.
National Beer Days around the world -
March 1st – Iceland
April 6th – England
April 7th – USA
April 23rd – Germany