By Jay Brooks
Monday, July 18th, 2011 at 11:34 am in On Beer.
Today is the 4th annual holiday celebrating brewers around the world, International Brewers Day, which I created in 2008. While I haven’t been able to put as much effort into it as I might have liked, someday I will. In the meantime, some parts of the international brewing community are carrying on with celebrations, most notably in Australia. For now, a quiet celebration involving beer and any brewer you happen to encounter today is in order.
You could see the original idea, the plan and why I chose July 18 at the old International Brewers Day website, but unfortunately it’s currently down. I’ll have to get that moved and back up again one of these days.
Here was my original driving thought:
Brewers have given so many of us the pleasure of their artistry and enriched our lives with their beer since civilization began. So I think it’s time we recognized their efforts by celebrating their lives, their commitment and their craft. We’re all beer people, but without the brewers what would we be drinking?
For now, just drink a toast to your favorite brewer by drinking one of his or her beers. For most brewers I know, that’s thanks enough.
Did I mention that hugging brewers is a big part of the holiday?
As the old Czech saying goes:
“Blessed is the mother who gives birth to a brewer.“