(NEW YORK ) –Time to put your drinking hats on, because today is International Beer Day! It’s a day billed as a “celebration of beer and the people who provide it.”
The holiday is being celebrated around the globe, and so far there are nearly 300 celebrations planned in 23 countries.
There’s even an International Beer Day website detailing the hundreds of events taking place at bars and restaurants worldwide.
It was originally founded in 2007 by friends Jesse Avshalomov, Evan Hamilton, Aaron Araki, Richard Hernandez, Tyler Burton, and Ryland Hale. It came about naturally; a group of buddies decided to commemorate the libation on August fifth and managed to convince their local pub to celebrate it with them.
They posted a small website to thank the beer industry and then returned to their drinking activities. However, the idea began to spread over the Internet, and soon, people around the world were taking part in their own Beer Day festivities.
Some of the biggest celebrators this year are Belgium, Japan, England and Turkey.
You can also follow special Beer Day events on Facebook and Twitter and a find a celebration near you!
Remember, it’s five o’clock somewhere…
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