It came from the States like all good beer innovations...

International Beer Day was first celebrated in Santa Cruz California, in 2007.  The brainchild of Jesse Avshalomov, IBD started as a local thing, but has since grown exponentially into a truly international event.  It is built around 3 main precepts:

  1. To come together with friends and drink beer
  2. To celebrate those responsible for brewing and slinging beer
  3. To unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations together on a single day

Today is the nightmare day for all who like to 'avoid their round', to be in the true spirit of IBD, people are encouraged to buy each other a beer, try something new, and express gratitude to those who bring it to us #thankyourbrewer #thankyourbartender 

In the international spirit of the holiday, it is also suggested that participants step out of their domestic/locally brewed comfort zone and sample a beer from another culture


Since 2012, it has been celebrated on the first Friday of August.  Put these dates into your calendar:

2019: Friday August 2, 2019

2020: Friday August 7, 2020

2021: Friday August 6, 2021

2022: Friday August 5, 2022

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