Beer Nut: Calendar full of beer days

I would like to start a holiday named “Buy Your Local Beer Writer a Beer Day.”
The date can be flexible. Let’s just say it’s the next day you see me.
I kid, of course. But there might as well be a fake holiday called that. There seems to be a plethora of these ersatz holidays dedicated to various beer-drinking pursuits. Two of them are this week: Aug. 6 is National IPA Day and Aug. 7 is International Beer Day. In my mind, it’s all kind of silly. Here, take a look below. This is a sampling of just some of them, along with the two mentioned above:
National Craft Beer Day, April 7
King Gambrinus Day (credited for adding hops to beer), April 11
National Homebrew Day, May 3
American Craft Beer Week, May 11-17
Sour Beer Day, Sept. 13
Drink Beer Day, Sept. 28
American Beer Day, Oct. 27
International Stout Day, Nov. 8
National Lager Day, Dec. 10
Do we really need all these excuses to celebrate drinking beer? I don’t. Basically, these are just marketing ploys and while there’s nothing wrong with marketing stuff here in the good ol’ U.S of A., I hope craft beer drinkers are smarter than to fall for gimmicks.
The one day that should be a real national beer holiday is Dec. 5, when Prohibition was repealed in 1933. I could also make a case for Oct. 14, which is the date in 1978 when President Jimmy Carter signed H.R. 1337, the bill that basically allowed people to engage in home brewing again. This, in turn, led to the craft brewing boom.
But seriously, feel free to buy me a beer when you see me. We’ll make a holiday of whatever day it is.
Beer Notes:
• Provisions in Northampton will have a sour/funky beer tasting seminar on Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Beer expert Michael Schilling will lead the session, which will include tasting at least 13 different beers from all over the world. There will also be a discussion of the brewing practices that brought about sour beer. Tickets are $40, or $35 if you buy two or more.
• I had a chance to sample for different iterations of Stone Brewing’s Ruination at Sierra Grille last week. They were all very good but my favorite was the dry hopped Double Ruination. It came very close to replicating the phenomenal flavors of Stone’s 10th Anniversary IPA (non-Ruination) from way back in 2006, one of my favorite brews ever.
• I recently wrote wrote about a brief note about Lord Hobo’s Boom Sauce, saying I liked it a lot, but didn’t love it. And then I went on to say that I must’ve liked it more than I thought because I kept drinking it throughout that week. Well, I’m still drinking it. Make of that what you will. It’s tasty stuff.

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