The History of National Beer Day
While National Beer Day may seem like a clever marketing ploy for breweries to take to social media and flaunt some new rare, small batches of craft beer to get customers through the door, there’s actually a deeper meaning as to why this special day is celebrated annually on June 15th in the UK.
Also known as ‘Beer Day Britain’, June 15th marks the date on which the Magna Carta was sealed in 1215. One of the most famous documents in the world that is still regarded as a cornerstone of the British constitution to this day, the Magna Carta was originally issued by King John of England to establish the principle that nobody – including the King himself – was above the law. But this wasn’t all the Magna Carta documented within its historic text. Amongst all the democratic ideals of freedom and liberty, the ‘Great Charter’ also mentions ale and marks the creation of the ‘Pint’ as a measure!
So, what day could be better to celebrate National Beer Day in the UK? First created by renowned Beer Sommelier Jane Peyton, ‘Beer Day Britain’ is backed by several of the nation’s biggest beer advocacy organisations, from the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) to the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).
In essence, June 15th is a day for beer lovers to come together to celebrate this historic brew, show support for the beer-making industry and raise a collective toast to beer as the nation’s favourite drink by participating in the ‘National Cheers to Beer’ at 7PM on the big day. Cheers!
How to Celebrate National Beer Day
From discerning ale connoisseurs to those who simply enjoy a cold pint at the end of a long day, National Beer Day welcomes everyone to raise a glass in celebration. To mark this tasty occasion, we’ve put together some beer-centric ways to see in the festivities, including brewery tours, beer cruises, short breaks and masterclasses. So, without further ado, here are our top handpicked beer experiences!
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