Many Americans have never even heard of National Drink Beer Day, also known as Drink Beer Day and Drink a Beer Day. But it exists, and it's today, Saturday, September 28. While some note the harmful effects of alcohol and wonder why there's a day dedicated to imbibing, experts point out that in moderation, beer is actually good for you, according to the Inquistr on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Some of those experts claim that drinking a beer a day reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and even kidney stones.
And these days, beer comes in so many different flavors, varieties and strengths, there's apt to be one for even those that don't usually prefer one.
That's due in part to the surge in micro-breweries over the last few years. Many small start-ups are trying to get in on the action and corner their own special part of the huge beer-drinking market.
Many people even prefer to home brew, partly because they just enjoy doing it themselves and the whole process around it. But, it also let's them control the flavor and alcohol content.
And some people are passionate about their beers. Allen Troy Brooks, 67, from Colombia Tenn., went so far as to call 911 when he realized he was out of beer. He asked the emergency operator, "Hey, you want to take me to the store?...I'll pay you".
Many drinking games have cropped up over the years that involve the downing of the brew. Others just like to gather together and down a few at events such as the currently running Oktoberfest, which started on Sept. 21 and runs through October 6 this year.
That annual beer celebration began in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, and originally would start in late September, and run 16 days leading up to the first Sunday in October.
So are you planning to celebrate National Drink Beer Day? Now you know that it exists, check with your local pubs and beer gardens to see if they're running any specials.
Just remember even though there really isn’t a right or wrong way to drink beer, do it responsibly.