International Beer Day
Fancy a tipple? If you’ve survived dry July then Aug. 2 is a date for your diary — it’s International Beer Day! So get together with a few friends and celebrate with a cold brew (or two).
International Beer Day is a global celebration of beer, taking place in pubs, breweries and backyards all over the world. To date, organisers cite a total of 353 celebrations in 207 cities across 50 countries, with more unofficial celebrations being held right across the globe.
The idea, conceived by friends Jesse Avshalomov, Evan Hamilton, Aaron Araki and Richard Hernandez in 2007, has become a worldwide celebration.
"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 favourite beverage," explains Avshalomov.
"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," he says.
Soon after, Avshalomov and his friends started receiving emails from people around the world who had found their website and held their own celebrations.
"We knew then that we needed to take our celebration to the world," says Avshalomov.
"We have 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 so we hope you have yourself an awesome International Beer Day."
So what are you waiting for? While you can celebrate International Beer Day anywhere, with any beer, why not pay homage to the history of beer by celebrating at some of Australia's best German clubs and bars? Here are our top picks.
If you're looking for an authentic beer, you can't go past Sydney's most popular Munich-style restaurant, the Lowenbrau.
Hearty cuisine and quality imported beers in a traditional beer-hall environment right in the heart of The Rocks makes for the perfect place to celebrate an amber tipple. Make sure you check out the Lowenbrau Premium Pils — an exclusive, bohemian beer with a thirst-quenching tart finish — and the Lowenbrau Dunkel — a chestnut brown number with a chocolaty aroma.
Hofbrauhaus in Melbourne's CBD is another great spot to sample German cuisine. The menu includes all the expected German dishes — think Bavarian veal sausages, crispy pork belly and cheese-filled kransky, as well as German-style sweets such as apple strudel and black forest cake.
A family-run business, Hofbrauhaus is run with one thing in mind — beer. They deal with two breweries — Hofbrau and Arcobrau — both of which share their passion for beer and the brewing process.
In fact, Arcobrau beers are the only beers with no pasteurisation. Their other key feature is that they only use the yeast in the brewing process once while other breweries can use this yeast up to 15 times. This gives the beer an amazing easy drinking quality and allows the flavours of the ingredients with which it is infused to shine through.
So if it's beer you're after — and you should be — hook yourself up with an Arcobrau Zwicklbier — a smooth, unfiltered lager that is sure to appeal to all palates.
One of the most well-known German establishments in Brisbane is the Brisbane German Club and its associated restaurant, Zum Kaiser.
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Serving up dishes such as pork knuckle with lashings of gravy and sauerkraut or pork belly with sweet red cabbage and sour cherry port sauce, the club has a number of German beers on tap, including Erdinger Weissbier — a traditional wheat beer from Bavaria that is a must-try this International Beer Day.
For the beer aficionados of Canberra — you're in for a real treat this International Beer Day.
Master brewer Christoph Zierholz of Zierholz Brewery is launching a new seasonal beer on Aug. 2 — a strong golden ale. The original recipe was designed and brewed by Zierholz back in 2003 and, after winning a local homebrewer competition, went on to be commercially produced at the Wig 'n' Pen Brewery as a seasonal beer.
You can taste this sensational brew at Zierholz's microbrewery, Zierholz, where you can also pick up the usual German kransky, pork knuckle or strudel prepared with a contemporary twist.
Located just 25 minutes from Perth in the Swan Valley is the Duckstein Brewery — a microbrewing pioneer and provider of traditional German food.
With beers made through the tradition of Reinheitsgebot — the Purity Law of 1516 — you can be sure of an excellent, unadulterated brew as you kick back with your kransky. Try the traditional Bavarian classics such as Hefeweiss, Dunkel or Altbier, branch out with a seasonal Maibock or Festbier, or ask the bar attendant for a tasting tray so you can try them all.
Established in 1839 and located on the main street in Hahndorf is one of Adelaide's most popular restaurants — the German Arms Hotel.
Combining the most authentic German cuisine available in Adelaide with an all-star lineup of German beers, the German Arms Hotel is where you need to be this International Beer Day.
There's bratwurst, meatloaf, smoked pork belly and schnitzel on offer alongside traditional German beers on tap — try the Stiegl, Dortmunder, or the Erdinger Wiessbrau for something different.