It's almost Friday, you're itching to get out of work, why not start the weekend early? National Beer Day is the excuse you need to cut out a little early. After all, it is a holiday.
The unofficial holiday was founded on April 7th, 1933 at the end of the Prohibition. Roosevelt announced the end of the alcohol drought by shouting, "I think this would be a good time a for beer." Hence, this glorious day was born.
Here are a few creative ways to help make up for those lost beer-less years.
Venture out to the closest brewery or bar that carries a local brew. Try a flight, and ask your bartender about each one. This could be the day you because a Cicerone. To find the brewery closest to you, click here.
Bake Your Beer
Beer isn't only meant for drinking. Some geniuses out there in the world were kind enough to invent these recipes and upload them to the internet:
See? Desserts can be manly too.
Create Your Own Six-Pack
Go to your local price chopper or your local beverage center and build a six-pack of beers you've never tried before. Branch out. Try a stout, and IPA, or that weird fruit flavored beer that always catches your eye. If you like it, great! If not, well at least you tried.
Host a Beer and Cheese Night
I know what you're thinking. Snobby wine drinkers eat cheese, but beer cheese dip exists for a reason. They make a great pair. What cheese goes with which beer you ask? Find out yourself. Purchase a variety of cheese and beers, and create voting sheets for your guests. See what they think and then match everyone's answers up with Google. Since we all know Google is the mecca of knowledge.
Make Your Own Beer
Home-brewing can be a very difficult process, but luckily you can buy kits at your local department store. They walk you through the process step-by-step. We won't judge you if it's awful. We'll be proud of you for trying.
No matter how you spend your day, make sure you toast Roosevelt and the people who had to live through a beer-less time.