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Cheers! It's International Beer Day!

Cheers! It's International Beer Day!

Austin Photo: News_International Beer Day Beer_Aug 2011
Austin Photo: News_International Beer Day_Aug 2011

As if surviving another week of this heat wasn't reason enough to grab a few Friday brewskies, you have a new excuse for today's trip to the pub. Some fine beer-loving folks from San Francisco have deemed Friday, Aug 5 International Beer Day (IBD). Cheers!

In 2007, as the story goes, beer-enthusiast Jesse Avshalomov and friends united under their shared passion for a good brew to start an all-encompassing beer celebration that, not surprisingly, has taken off on a global scale.

"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 on August 5th... and had a good-ol' time," says Avshalomov on the IBD website

This “good ol’ time” is built on some simple tenets that are pretty easy for any beer lover to follow. On Aug 5, International Beer Day supporters around the world are asked to gather with friends and enjoy some beer, celebrate those who brew and serve it, and give a nod to beers from all nations.

This year 278 celebrations will take place across the world, with representation in 23 countries. And while the website only lists two official participants in the Austin area (Nomad Bar and Little Woodrow’s in Bee Cave), it’s safe to assume plenty of pints will be raised around town thanks to the efforts of a few beer-loving friends from the West Coast.

In keeping with the spirit of International Beer Day, we’ve compiled a list of local haunts where you can pour something new, whether a local offering or a signature international brew.

The Draught House

The Draught House’s current rotation of house-brewed beers runs the gamut from blonde to bitter. Try the Guy Smiley made with local coffee or the Sunburst American Pale Ale. They also offer an impressive list of local guest brews on tap.

Billy’s on Burnet

A little place on Lo Burn, Billy's picked a nice day to pour a new rare beer. This First Firkin Friday kicks off with a cask of 512 Double IPA poured by the brewer.

Uncle Billy’s

Brewed from scratch on Barton Springs are signature Uncle Billy’s flavors like Agave Wit and Hill Country Organic Amber. Plus you can supplement your brew with a plate of barbecue.

Take a page from Avshalomov's book tonight and break away from your standard Lone Star, PBR or (gasp) low-cal light beer. Raise your glass to the "heroes behind each tasty brew," (and the fine folks who brought you an annual beer-drinking holiday).