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On the first Friday in August each year, we have the opportunity to unite for a common cause – celebrating our shared love of beer, of course. International Beer Day has been celebrated the world over since… 2007. Ok, so it terms of holidays, it’s a newer one. But the cause for celebration goes back millennia.

The earliest chemical evidence of beer produced from barley dates back to 3500 – 3100 BC, and archaeologists speculate that it may have played a large role in the rise of civilization. Yes, you read that correctly. So this International Beer Day, we’re raising a glass to this most important of beverages with 14 interesting brews we think you’ll love.


Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

Brewed in honor of the 1000th batch at Goose Island’s Clybourn brewpub, this Stout has a deep, midnight black color. It’s aged using a blend of bourbon barrels from several whiskey distilleries, giving it a deep and complex flavor with notes of fudge, chocolate, vanilla and caramel.

$14+

Night Shift One Hop This Time IPA Series

Night Shift’s One Hop This Time IPA Series is a rotating release that isolates a single hop to better showcase its unique range of flavors. The currently available Galaxy has notes of candied orange and lemon, perfect for summer days.

$4+

Peak Organic The Juice

Brewed with amarillo, citra, simcoe, and fan-favorite Azacca, The Juice is a dry-hopped Pale Ale with tangerine and berry notes in the aroma, and juicy hop flavors that burst on the scene at first sip.

$4+


Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale Session Sour Beer

Described as “a mash-up of a crisp Kolsch, a salty Gose, and a tart Berliner Weiss” this gose is brewed with black limes, sour lime juice and sea salt. Dogfish Head even partnered with the National Aquarium, to replicate sea salt sourced from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and added sea salt from the coast of Maine as well.

$3+

Lamplighter Major Tom IPA

This Bowie-inspired New England-style IPA is brewed with 100% Galaxy hops and boasts bold flavors of passionfruit, peach, and mango. A creamy mouthfeel is balanced by a firm (and smooth) backend bitterness. Hi, Ground Control? Another round, please.

$5+

Finback Rolling In Clouds

Brewed in Queens, New York, this New England-style IPA is a hazy beer with great texture and depth. Moderate hoppiness, medium color, and an ABV of 7.1% make it super easy to drink.

$6+


Threes Brewing Here Ya Go

Brewed with an entirely new crop of hand-selected Citra (a Three’s Brewing go-to) and Strata, this Pale Ale will delight audiences of the brewery and beyond. Tasting notes include Gobstopper, Pink Starburst, Juicy Fruit (25¢), and The Rainbow.

$6+

Grimm Artisanal Ales Utopos

This step-mashed brew was fermented under pressure and then spunded in order to naturally capture the carbonation. The result is a delightfully bitter pilsner with a crackery maltiness and subtle notes of fresh lime zest.

$6+

Japas Matsurika Pilsner

A Brazilian beer inspired by Japanese cuisine. This brew is made using jasmine petals, called Matsurika in Japan. By adding them to the recipe of a Pilsen, these delicate floral notes are brought to the forefront.

$19+


Maine Beer Company Lunch

This hoppy IPA from the Maine Beer Co. is named after Lunch, a whale that has been spotted off the Maine coast since 1982. She has what looks like a bite taken out of her fin, and this crisp, refreshing beer is dedicated to her determination and persistence, which is a story we can get behind.

11+

Hudson North Ginger Citrus Cider

Bursting with notes of freshly squeezed grapefruit and orange citrus, this hazy dry cider from Hudson North also offers hints of sweet lemony ginger. Made with New York apples grown in the Hudson Valley. Plus, 10 cents of every gallon of draft cider sold will circulate back to help maintain the Hudson Valley trail system.

$11+

Wolffer Estate No. 139 Dry Rosé Cider

For summer-in-the-Hamptons vibes, you can’t go wrong with Wolffer Estate’s No. 139 Dry Rosé Cider. Served chilled, this slightly effervescent cider makes the perfect companion to a wide variety of party and picnic foods.

$15+


Collective Arts Jam Up The Mash

In an attempt to appease both hop heads and sour lovers, Collective Arts used Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand and Citra from the Pacific North West to create this mixed fermentation brew. The result is a refreshing Sour Ale style beer that unites beer lovers.

$15+
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