International Beer Day

Kate Young
29th Jul 2016

The Vikings say ‘Skal’ and the Spanish ‘Salud’, the Japanese ‘Kanpai’ and the Aussies ‘Up ya Bum’. No matter which phrase you choose to salute your fav brew one thing for sure is that on Friday August 5th the world will be raising its glass in celebration of International Beer Day.

Originally founded in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California. The day has three main objectives.

•To gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer

•To celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer.

•To unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations together on a single day.

Participants on the day are encouraged to give one another the “gift of beer” by buying each other drinks, it is also suggested that participants step out of their brewed comfort zones and try something new. To help commemorate the day three local craft beer havens are donning their wings to help bring some extra cheer. The Dove & Olive and Keg and Brew in Surry Hills as well as The DOG Hotel in Randwick, will be donating 100 per cent of proceeds from special craft beer sales to the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation. The rightly named Karma Kegs, will feature beers from some of Australia’s leading craft brewers. The kegs will be tapped in the morning and served all day until sold out.

The Keg & Brew will be pouring Feral ‘Hop Hog’;

The Dove & Olive will serve 4 Pines ‘Pale Ale’;

and the DOG Hotel, Stone & Wood ‘Pacific Ale’.

Schooners will be retailing for a suggested $8.50 each, however customers are encouraged to donate as much as they like. Representatives from the breweries will be in the venues from 4pm to talk through the beers and answer any craft beer questions.

“The Karma Kegs initiative is a community led demonstration of how bringing people together to drive positive change makes a significant impact on the lives of others,” adds Nicola Stokes, CEO of Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The funds raised at this event will help to ensure that sick and injured children at our Hospital get the best possible care. We are truly grateful to everyone involved for their selfless generosity.”

So next Friday when it comes to throwing back a few and celebrating one of the worlds most widely available and oldest alcoholic beverages that you make sure you share the love and pay forward your love of beer and help make a difference in some amazing kids life in a very extraordinary way.

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