Saturday is National Drink Beer Day. Now we certainly don’t need a holiday to tell us to drink beer, but we’re not going to argue with a holiday that tells us to drink beer either. It’s kind of like Christmas in September. So while you’re chugging your favorite brew on Saturday, why don’t you take the time to drop some malt and hops knowledge on your friends?
Chemical tests of ancient pottery jars reveal that beer was produced about 7,000 years ago in what is now modern-day Iran. In Mesopotamia, the oldest evidence of beer is believed to be a six thousand-year-old Sumerian tablet depicting people drinking a beverage through reed straws from a communal bowl. The ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilizations made beer produced from barley via their bread. Beer was championed in these cultures, with deities dedicated to watch over its brewing and enjoyment.
Up until around 7th century AD, beer was being produced (and even sold) on a smaller domestic scale. European monasteries then began producing and selling their own brews, and continue to do so today. The Weihenstephan Abbey was a Benedictine monastery in Bavaria, Germany who in 768 AD began receiving a tithe paid in hops. By 1040, they became the first established and licensed brewery.
Today the brewing industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. But thanks to the rise of the craft movement, small batch breweries are now making quality products that can be enjoyed by the masses. So on Saturday, which is National Drink Beer Day, we at The Savory implore you to go and try something new. Pick up a 6-pack of a brand that you’ve never heard of before. Love hops? Well, put down the IPA and grab a porter. Expand your mind. It is a national holiday, after all.