Have you heard the latest “buzz?” A very special day of the year is almost here and Americans are more than ready to celebrate. Get ready to raise your glasses, America. Oct. 27 is American Beer Day, also referred to as National American Beer Day, an annual holiday that celebrates the most popular alcoholic drink in the land – beer!
According to the Brewers Association, more than 3,400 breweries were operating in America in 2014, an 18 percent increase from the year before. Craft beer, made by smaller, independent brewers, is typically made with traditional ingredients and sometimes not-so-traditional ingredients to give the beer its distinctive flavor. Small and independent craft brewers contributed nearly $56 billion to the economy last year and provided more than 424,000 jobs. Many craft breweries come up with very unique names including Rye of the Tiger, Batshit Crazy, Le Freak, Afternoon Delight, Amazeballs, Dougie Style Amber Ale, Howdy Beer, Jean-Claude Van Blond and Udder Love, to name a few.
When it comes to health benefits of alcohol consumption, wine usually receives the good “buzz.” But some studies suggest, moderate beer consumption may also be good for you, too. As with most things in life, moderation is key.
So why not kick things up a notch by pairing whiskey with a variety of delicious brews in honor of the occasion? For instance, combine Highland Park 12 and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or Belgian Pale Ale. Or if sherried spice, ripe bananas, toasted hazelnuts and baked apple notes speak to you, pair Highland Park Dark Origins with Third Rail Field 2 Farmhouse Ale.
And just in case you are hungry, the Hard Rock Cafe is offering a limited-edition OctoberFest Schnitzel Burger through Oct. 31. 2015. A Samuel Adams OctoberFest beer is the perfect beverage to enjoy with the burger – which features a lightly breaded pork schnitzel topped off with smoked bacon, sauerkraut, whole grain mustard, arugula and Samuel Adams OctoberFest-infused beer cheese sauce in a delicious pretzel bun. Yum!
Whether you consider yourself a connoisseur, weekend warrior or someone who just enjoys a tasty brew every once-in-a-while, it’s time to raise your glass and cheer a great tasting beer! It’s time to head on over to your local pub or brewery in your neck-of-the-woods to see what’s “on tap.” Whether you prefer a tried-and-true favorite or a brand new brew, bottom’s up! Happy American Beer Day, folks! Cheers.