What is National American Beer Day?
National American Beer Day is observed by beer drinkers across the nation every year on October 27. Though Americans love a good pint of Guinness, a chilled Heineken, or a bubbling Corona, they’ll set aside imports of all kinds on National American Beer Day to instead celebrate distinctly domestic lagers and ales brewed across the country.
History of National American Beer Day
While the general history of beer places its beginnings as far back as approximately 7,000 years ago, the now-ubiquitous drink didn’t appear in the United States until the latter years of the 16th century. Virginian colonists, likely nostalgic for the alcoholic staple available in pubs everywhere back in England, looked to their corn crops as a possible source for libation creation. They began to brew the first-recorded American ales, and in the early years of the 17th century, the first brewery in the New World would appear in what was then called “New Amsterdam,” now known as “Manhattan.”
Sadly, neither this brewhouse nor the others that would spring up throughout the next hundred years or so are still in operation. However, the brewing company of D.G. Yuengling & Son would be the first to buck this trend. Founded in 1829 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Yuengling has been in operation for nearly 200 years! The company is as strong as ever, as well: in 2018, they placed at #1 in the Brewers Association’s list of the top 50 craft brewing companies in America.
Yuengling may be the longest-surviving brewery in America, but their competition has grown since their earliest days. As of 2019, there are over 7,000 breweries that produce beer in the United States; they range in size from industry giants like MillerCoors to smaller brew-pubs and microbreweries. Currently, California hosts the greatest number of craft breweries, with more than 750 independent breweries that can call the Golden State their home. Regardless of where they live, though, on National American Beer Day, people across the country will toast to their favorite American beers, possibly with a glass of it in hand.