Beer is one of the most popular beverages in the world, following water and tea. Craft and microbreweries began appearing in the United States and the United Kingdom sometime in the 1970s and have enjoyed a boom in production over the past twenty to thirty years.
One of the most successful premier microbreweries of the late twentieth century is the Boston Beer Company, maker of Samuel Adams Boston Lager. The company was founded in 1984 and won its first award in 1985 at the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado. Other successful craft breweries have included New Belgium Brewery, Odell Brewing Company, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company to name a few. The oldest craft brewer in the United States is Yuengling, established in 1829 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
In the wake of the microbrewery explosion, brewpubs began to spring up. Combining brewing beer, ale, or cider with a “pub” or public house. While pubs have been around throughout history, the term “brewpub” has been used in recent years to tell customers that a lot of the beer, ale, or cider served is also brewed on site.
While hundreds of microbreweries and brewpubs exist around the world, most of us have our favorites. Personally, I’m a cider drinker but have downed my share of beer and ale over the years. I prefer dark and stout beers to the lagers and pale ales, but that’s just me.
So, today, National Beer Day, pop the top on a cold (or warm, depending on your preference) one and drink a toast to the beer makers of the world. The world would be a duller place without you.