21 Good Reasons to Serve Beer

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Photo credit: Quinn Dombrowski

Photo credit: Quinn Dombrowski

Beer is probably the most convenient beverage to serve; unlike champagne, you can find it almost anywhere, and you don’t even have to use a glass to serve it (depending on, of course, the ambience of your gathering). There are also a ton of beers to choose from, from your comfortable, I-just-got-home-from-work-and-need-a-beer beer, to your fancy, subtle-undertones-of-oak-and-elderflower craft beer, there’s a beer for everybody.

As you’re revving into celebration mode this month, consider the merits of a good ol’ brewski as an offering to friends and guests.

  1. Beer is beyond classic. It has been around since the 5th millennium BC, and has been argued to be the key to human civilization.

  2. The weather’s warming up—fancy a shandy? If you’ve never had one, here’s what it is—and it’s a great reason to have a beer.

  3. If you’re not up on your craft and local beers, this is reason in itself to get out and have a bit of a beer adventure. You’re likely to discover something delicious!

  4. On Spring Break, beer is the drink of champions, and the gateway drink for many a raucous party. (Enjoy responsibly.)

  5. The upcoming baseball season warrants a beer or two, as does any sporting event in fact; sports and beer are pretty much a given.

  6. Beer is the Philosopher’s drink of choice. Said Plato, “He was a wise man who invented beer.”

  7. Festival season is upon us, and festivals mean lots of waiting in long lines for delicious ice cold beer.

  8. If you’re going camping, beer is by far the most popular drink to pair with getting in touch with nature (after, well, water). EA46CFA22A

  9. If it’s Friday, it’s Beer Day. To do TGIF the way it was intended, nothing but beer will do.

  10. July 4th is the classic American beer holiday, with beer purchases going up 40% on the day itself!

  11. Having a night in with friends? Pizza and beer make a great combination for a relaxing chill session.

  12. The parks will soon be full of picnickers, many of these with beautiful craft beers in tow. Join them!

  13. Beer is historically important. Case in point: the Finnish epic history known as the Kalevala, based on centuries-old folklore, devotes more lines to the origins of beer than it does to the origins of mankind.

  14. Happy Hour beers are the way to break that midweek slump.

  15. May Day is a great reason to crack open a brew with friends, and celebrate the wonder that is sunshine! Mark your calendars now.

  16. Hosting a barbecue? Beer is most likely going to be the most in-demand beverage at your shindig, and nothing goes better with burgers and ‘dogs.

  17. Ounce for ounce, beer is typically the cheapest alcoholic beverage to serve if you’re having a get-together.

  18. Your President commends it. Also, the White House brews its own beer, so drinking beer is patriotic in many ways!

Photo Credit: Pete Souza

Photo Credit: Pete Souza

  1. The sheer variety! There are over 400 different types of beer, from well-known lagers and stouts to more obscure Rauchbeir, or smoked beers, and dry-hopped beers. It’s worth tasting a few to see what suits your palate.

  2. It’s a few months away yet, but we can’t leave out Oktoberfest—the biggest beer festival in existence, whose original Münich festival attracts six million visitors each year. (Here’s a list of Oktoberfests that might be closer to home.)

  1. From prevention of blood clots to lowering your “bad” cholesterol, beer is probably better for you then you thought!

Thought of a reason to drink beer that we didn’t? Leave it in the comments or tweet it to us. And if you haven’t yet, check out the SquadUP app—it’s a great resource for helping you plan your next event, and you can download it for free. Cheers!

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