About International Beer Day
International Beer Day (first Friday in August) is a global celebration of beer, taking place in pubs, breweries, and back yards all over the world -- It's a day for beer lovers everywhere to raise a toast to our brewers and bartenders, and rejoice in the greatness of beer!
That’s right, folks. Come this August 2nd 2013, Makers, Lovers and Sellers of beer all around the globe now have another reason to raise their frosty mugs. Along with hundreds of bars, restaurants, pubs and breweries worldwide, we have declared the aforementioned International Beer Day!
The purpose of IBD is threefold:
1) To gather with friends and enjoy the deliciousness that is beer.
2) To celebrate the dedicated men and women who brew and serve our beer.
3) To bring the world together under the united banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations and cultures together on this one remarkable day.
International Beer Day is our chance to let the breweries and bars of the world know how much we appreciate them, all while participating in one of the best activities ever -- drinking beer! Perhaps even more than the beverage itself, International Beer Day is about celebrating the establishments who produce it, sell it and give folks a place to enjoy it.
So raise your glass on August 2nd to celebrate these heroes behind each tasty brew. Cheers, and Happy International Beer Day!
International Beer Day is run by two guys, dedicated to uniting the world in celebration of beer. Their base of operations is in San Francisco, where they spend their time sipping fine brews and working to spread IBD to every bar, pub and brewery in the world.
Jesse Avshalomov (@allforJesse)
A strategist, entrepreneur, and craft beer enthusiast, Jesse dreamed up International Beer Day in 2007 and has been spreading the beertastic word ever since. Lately he's been into Belgian Tripels, but the first beer Jesse ever loved was a Newcastle Brown Ale.
The rudder that guides the ship of International Beer Day, Evan uses his love of beer and talent for organizing communities to keep IBD inventive and on track. He favors Black Lagers these days, but the brew that broke Evan in was a Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout.
The Origin of International Beer Day
International Beer Day was conceived by Jesse Avshalomov, and was founded in 2007 by Avshalomov, Evan Hamilton, Aaron Araki, and Richard Hernandez as a celebration of beer and the people who provide it.
As Jesse tells it:
"A few years back a group of friends and I decided that there needed to be a day in celebration of all things beer, a day in thanks to the people who produce and provide our favorite beverage. So we invented International Beer Day, convinced our local bar to celebrate, made a little website for it, gave thanks to the beer industry, and had a good-ol' time.
Then we started receiving emails from people who had found the IBD website and held their own celebrations in England and South Africa. We knew then that we needed to take our celebration to the world.
Ever since we've been working each year to bring the celebration to more and more people, and this year we've hit over 350 celebrations! We're working super hard to make this year's celebration Epic, we've even had a classy logo and new website designed, so we hope you have yourself an awesome International Beer Day."