Celebrate National Beer Lover’s Day

When September 7th rolls around, you’re going to want to clear your schedule. On that day, it is officially National Beer Lover’s Day. I know, in a day and age where there is actually a National Walk Around Things Day, A National Ampersand Day, and a National Lumpy Rug Day another holiday may just seem like any other day. National Beer Lover’s Day is NOT just another holiday though. This is a day dedicated to those who love a tall Pilsner, an Irish Stout, or a good old American Lager. This is your day. 

Who Was The Genius Who Invented Beer

We may not know who that person was who invented the first batch of beer, but we know that he lived a long, long time ago. Archaeologist discovered some relics, some of which were clay, pottery jars back from 7,000 years ago. Chemical tests confirmed, there was beer in those jars. In the region we now know as Iran. 

Mesopotamians knew how to party too! A 6,000 year old tablet was found depicting people consuming a drink through reed straws from a communal bowl. There was also a 3,900 Sumerian poem honoring Ninkasi, The patron goddess of brewing, that includes the world’s oldest recipe for brewing. It describes the production of beer made from barley. China also brewed beer as long as 5,000 years ago according to residue found on some pottery there. 

Modern beer history is a little more clear. European settlers did not introduce beer to the Americas. The Native American made a type of beer using corn, birch sap, and water. The United States was brewing beer before it was ever officially a country. In 1632 the Dutch West India Company opened the first brewery in the Americas. Shortly after breweries started to pop up in the colonies. 

In 1810 there were as many as 132 breweries producing beer in the United States. In 1840 the lager was introduced by a brewer from Philadelphia named John Wagner. The love of lager spreads and in 1844, what would become known as Pabst Brewing Company, would be opened in Milwaukee. After Political unrest drives Germans to immigrate to the U.S., August Krug opens another Brewery in Milwaukee called Schlitz. 

In 1852 a brewery is opened in St. Louis, Missouri. This brewery would eventually grow into the giant of the brewing industry we know as Anheuser-Busch, which is today’s largest producer of beer. In 1919, prohibition wiped out a large number of breweries completely. Breweries around the country either temporarily or permanently shut their doors. They repealed prohibition in 1933 and production of beer and other alcoholic drinks.

Not many changes until 1977 when the first “Microbrewery” pops up in California. Steadily over time a home brewers association and is established to put together guidelines for those interested in brewing. Slowly, the number of “microbreweries” grows and the term is changed to “Craft Brewery”. By the 2010’s the rise of Craft Brewing and Beer has launched a massive number of independent beer brands and breweries.

What Kind Of Beers Are The Most Popular?

Here is a great list of beers that are popular around the world from vinepair.com.

  1. COORS LIGHT

Along with being the second-best-selling beer in the U.S., Coors Light slid into the No. 10 spot as a top-selling beer brand in the world in 2017.

  1. CORONA

Corona was the top beer import in the U.S. in 2017. With an estimated 28.8 million hectoliters sold worldwide, this clear-bottled beer leads the charge of Mexican beers around the world.

  1. YANJING

Yanjing recently reported nearly 9 percent growth in revenue year-over-year, reaching $850 million in 2018. The successful brand will likely hold its place on this list for years to come.

  1. HARBIN

Harbin shipped an estimated 29.9 million hectoliters of beer in 2017. Claiming to be China’s oldest brewery, this massive brand is among the Anheuser-Busch InBev fleet.

  1. HEINEKEN

This Netherlands-based brewer made many headlines over the last year. The brand bought British cult brewer Beavertown, launched a THC-infused sparkling water, Hi-Fi Hops, via its subsidiary Lagunitas Brewing, and sealed a $300 million deal with China’s biggest brewery. It also sold an estimated 34.3 million hectoliters of beer last year.

  1. SKOL

With an estimated 35.1 million hectoliters of beer sold in 2017, this AB InBev-owned brand primarily produced in Brazil remained in the top five for another year.

  1. BUD LIGHT

America’s No. 1 light lager of choice didn’t even make bronze worldwide. But its estimated 44.8 million hectoliters sold in 2017 still earns it a top five spot in global beer sales.

  1. TSINGTAO

This stellar seller from China sold an estimated 49 million hectoliters of beer in 2017.

  1. BUDWEISER

“Bud Heavy” may be less popular than its little brother Stateside, but the “King of Beers” reigns around the world. Beer drinkers bought an estimated 49.2 million hectoliters of Budweiser.

  1. SNOW

Snow holds down the top spot for another year. It sold an estimated, and astounding, 101.2 million hectoliters of beer last year, beating out runner-up Bud by more than double the volume. Not bad for a brew you’ve likely never had a sip of – Snow is only sold in China.

Here are some of the most Popular Domestic beers as provided by and article in the USA Today.

  1. Guinness
  • Parent company: Diageo
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 1.1 million
  • Change from 2016: 2.3 percent
  • Market share: 0.5 percent
  1. Milwaukee’s Best Ice
  • Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 1.2 million
  • Change from 2016: -9.7 percent
  • Market share: 0.5 percent
  1. Corona Light
  • Parent company: Constellation Brands
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 1.2 million
  • Change from 2016: 1.7 percent
  • Market share: 0.6 percent
  1. Icehouse
  • Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 1.3 million
  • Change from 2016: -7.0 percent
  • Market share: 0.6 percent
  1. Steel Reserve
  • Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 1.6 million
  • Change from 2016: -1.5 percent
  • Market share: 0.8 percent
  1. Coors Banquet
  • Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 1.7 million
  • Change from 2016: 2.7 percent
  • Market share: 0.8 percent
  1. Dos Equis
  • Parent company: Heineken International
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.0 million
  • Change from 2016: -1.3 percent
  • Market share: 0.9 percent
  1. Blue Moon Belgian White
  • Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.1 million
  • Change from 2016: -0.2 percent
  • Market share: 1.0 percent
  1. Yuengling Lager
  • Parent company: D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc.
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.2 million
  • Change from 2016: -0.9 percent
  • Market share: 1.0 percent
  1. Natural Ice
  • Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.4 million
  • Change from 2016: -8.5 percent
  • Market share: 1.1 percent
  1. Pabst Blue Ribbon
  • Parent company: Blue Ribbon Intermediate Holdings
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.5 million
  • Change from 2016: -0.6 percent
  • Market share: 1.2 percent
  1. Bud Ice
  • Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.6 million
  • Change from 2016: 2.0 percent
  • Market share: 1.2 percent
  1. Stella Artois
  • Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.7 million
  • Change from 2016: 10.9 percent
  • Market share: 1.3 percent
  1. Miller High Life
  • Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 3.5 million
  • Change from 2016: -1.5 percent
  • Market share: 1.6 percent
  1. Keystone Light
  • Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 3.5 million
  • Change from 2016: 6.3 percent
  • Market share: 1.6 percent
  1. Heineken
  • Parent company: Heineken International
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 4.0 million
  • Change from 2016: -0.9 percent
  • Market share: 1.8 percent
  1. Busch
  • Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 4.7 million
  • Change from 2016: -2.6 percent
  • Market share: 2.2 percent
  1. Busch Light
  • Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 6.4 million
  • Change from 2016: 0.4 percent
  • Market share: 3.0 percent
  1. Natural Light
  • Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 6.5 million
  • Change from 2016: -1.9 percent
  • Market share: 3.0 percent
  1. Modelo Especial
  • Parent company: Constellation Brands
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 7.2 million
  • Change from 2016: 17.4 percent
  • Market share: 3.3 percent
  1. Michelob Ultra
  • Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 7.7 million
  • Change from 2016: 21.3 percent
  • Market share: 3.6 percent
  1. Corona Extra
  • Parent company: Constellation Brands
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 8.7 million
  • Change from 2016: 3.6 percent
  • Market share: 4.1 percent
  1. Miller Lite
  • Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 13.1 million
  • Change from 2016: -2.8 percent
  • Market share: 6.1 percent
  1. Budweiser
  • Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 13.3 million
  • Change from 2016: -7.5 percent
  • Market share: 6.2 percent
  1. Coors Light
  • Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 16.5 million
  • Change from 2016: -4.1 percent
  • Market share: 7.7 percent
  1. Bud Light
  • Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Barrels shipped in 2017: 33.0 million
  • Change from 2016: -6.2 percent
  • Market share: 15.4 percent

Celebrate National Beer Day in style by rocking one of these popular beers. You can also support your local Craft Brewery if you have one in the area. Whichever way you decide to celebrate just make sure to do it in a responsible and fun way. Cheers!

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