International Beer Day is celebrated, each year, on the first Friday of August.

What exactly is International Beer Day?

International Beer Day is a global celebration of beer, taking place in pubs, breweries, and backyards all over the world. It’s a day for beer lovers everywhere to raise a toast to our brewers and bartenders and rejoice in the greatness of beer! [InternationalBeerDay.com]

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Celebrating International Beer Day is more than just cracking open a beer and chugging it.

  • Drinking a beer with your friends is one great way as beer always tastes better while in the company of good friends.
  • Giving the gift of beer is an awesome way to celebrate as it's a proven fact that the best beer is free beer. Let's just hope your pal reciprocates.
  • Another great way to honor this awesome day is by sampling beers from other cultures. Seriously, there are so many delicious beers from around the world, your palate deserves the treat.
  • Finally, show your appreciation for those who serve you your favorite brew, your bartender, and your local brewer.

Now that we have the particulars of celebrating this rad day out of the way, let's take a look at some beer you can purchase right here in Abilene that will enhance your celebration.

Oskar Blues Guava Rodeo

Saddle up for a bulldogger of a tart ale with tropical pink guava and citrusy tangerine flavors. We’ve wrangled together notes of papaya, passion fruit, and melon for a refreshing, spritzy brew with just the right amount of sour. This one’s got spurs.

ABV: 6% 

Dogfish Head Mango Smoovie

Inspired by the fruit-based Indian drink lassi, Dogfish Head Mango Smoovie is a tart ale brewed with boatloads of mango and tangerine, lactose, vanilla, a touch of rose water, and yellow cardamom. The result is a fruit-forward libation with sweet mango and vanilla flavor on the front and a subtle, warm spice finish.

ABV: 6.5% - IBU: 17

Community Citra Slice IPA

This beer is a result of Community's trips to the Yakima Valley in the Pacific Northwest. This is the most prominent hop-growing region of the U.S., where they worked with experienced hop growers to hand-select the most flavorful, aromatic hops around.

They’ve taken premium Citra hops and expertly blended them with fresh lemon & orange peel. This results in an explosively delicious citrus-forward India Pale Ale bursting with tropical flavors & aromas.

ABV: 7% - IBU: 50

Real Ale Vamanos Gose

A historic style from Northern Germany, Gose is a slightly sour wheat beer known for hints of coriander and a unique saltiness. In Real Ale's twist on the style, they add lime puree to the fermenter. The result is a delightfully tart and refreshing beer to help you slug it out with even the hottest of Texas summers.

ABV: 4% - IBU: 5

Left Hand Peanut Butter Milk Stout

Left Hand Brewing took the pure milk chocolate bliss of their classic Milk Stout and added peanut buttery goodness. It’s like an adult peanut butter cup you can drink. It’s rich and decadent on the palate and lusciously lingers into a nutty, dry finish.

ABV: 6.2% - IBU: 25

Karbach Tasty Waves

Karbach's Tasty Waves is the Summer Ale that majorly rules. All citrus and breezy, not bogus or cheesy - and the perfect kiss of sea salt and fruit that won't harsh your mellow. For primo summer vibes all you need is some Tasty Waves, some cool buds, and you'll be just fine!

ABV: 4.9% - IBU: 15

Those are all beers you can find right here in Abilene, at your favorite liquor store, grocery store, or craft taphouse. Don't be shy, grab more than one six pack.

Please remember to drink responsibly.

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