On October 27, visit your favorite pub or bar and enjoy some American brewed beers because it is American Beer Day!
The American Beer industry is one of the fastest growing business in the United States. In fact, the U.S. ranks second in the world in both total beer consumption as well as beer production, second only to China. A survey in 2014 estimated that there are over 3000 breweries in the country that manufacture about 196 million barrels of beer every year.
Beer production in the U.S. has a rich and varied history. Historical records show that Native American tribes were brewing beer using corn (maize) more before European settlers reached the shores of the country. Dutch and English settlers in the 17th century produced local brews that were consumed locally. Mass production of beer in the U.S. only began in the late 19th century, and beer quickly replaced other spirits as the alcoholic beverage of choice. Between 1920 and 1933, the years of prohibition, beer fell out of disfavor as alcohol was banned throughout the country.
Today, in addition to the big beer manufacturers, the United States has seen a surge of craft breweries and microbreweries who make small batch artisanal beer.
While breweries across America make a number of different styles of beer, the most common kind available in the country is known as American style lager. It is a type of a pale lager that was inspired by the beer recipes brought to the U.S. by German immigrants.
Other styles of beers include American Pale Ale, American style India Pale Ale and Belgian style ale.
How to Celebrate?
Celebrate the day by visiting your local bar and sampling some American beers. Remember, you don't have to be in the United States to celebrate this unofficial holiday.
If you are a home brewer, why not try and brew some American style beers at home? Of course, don't forget to share with family and friends!
Did You Know…
…that home brewing has a long history in the United States? Both the first president of the country, George Washington, and the third president, Thomas Jefferson were home brewers.