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Beer Day Britain - June 15th 2015

On 20/08/14

Guest post from beer sommelier, Jane Peyton

Britain's national drink, beer, is a source of national pride. Not only is this country one of the leading beer cultures, but British brewers invented more styles of beer currently brewed around the world than any other brewing nation (Mild, Porter, Stout, Imperial Russian Stout, Brown Ale, Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, and Barley Wine). British pubs are second to none, and a visit to the boozer for beer and pub grub is in the top 5 things that visitors to these shores want to do during their trip. I'll drink to that!

With such exalted credentials it may surprise people to know that there is no official day in Britain for celebrating the nations' peerless beer. People have been talking about an annual beer day for some time and all agreeing it is a good idea. But nothing happened so I decided it needed someone to say 'let's do it'. So I did. I asked Sophie de Ronde, head brewer at Brentwood Brewery, and Sara Barton, founder of Brewsters' Brewing Company and former British Brewer of the Year to join me. Together we are spreading the word in the beer world about supporting an annual beer and pub celebration to be held on June 15th and to be called Beer Day Britain. June 15th is a significant day as this is date that Magna Carta was sealed in 1215. But why is there a connection between Beer Day Britain and Magna Carta? Because ale is mentioned in clause 35 of one of the most important legal documents in history:

'Let there be throughout our kingdom a single measure for wine and a single measure for ale and a single measure for corn, namely "the London quarter"'

June 15th 2015 is the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and there will be national and international festivities that year. Beer Day Britain is a separate celebration to Magna Carta Day in 2015 - it just happens to be on the same day but what better to celebrate such an auspicious date but with beer at the pub!

The plan is for Beer Day Britain to be 'owned' by all beer lovers, brewers, pubs, beer shops, and anyone else involved in beer or pubs and for everyone to get involved in any way they can be that arranging special events, brewing a celebration beer, hosting a beer barbeque, trying to convert a friend to drink beer, or spreading the word and the beer love. Social media will be invaluable in getting the word out, especially Twitter and Facebook. A websiteis now on-line so beerios can download an information pack, the Beer Day Britain logo to use as they want, and artwork for a beer mat or poster. See you on Twitter @BeerDayBritain and here's the making Britain's national beer celebration the best in the world!


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