International Beer Day

3rd August 2022

On the first Friday of every August, it is International Beer Day (IBD). IBD was founded in 2007 and has been celebrated every year since. The purpose of the day is to discover and enjoy beer, and to acknowledge the people who make and serve it.

International Beer Day (IBD) was founded in Santa Cruz, California by Jesse Avshalomov. However, since its inception, International Beer Day has grown from a small, localised event in the western United States to a worldwide celebration spanning 207 cities, 80 countries and 6 continents. The day often includes new or rare releases, all-day happy hours and focusses on independent establishments, special brewery tours and more.

Craft Products & Brewers

Industry experts utilise this time to reaffirm the importance of supporting craft products and brewers. They note craft beer’s contribution to flavour innovation, especially in markets where choices beyond top mainstream brands are limited.

Steve Parr, Export Development Programme Manager of the Brewers Association, says: “International Beer Day is a great day to try a new name you’ve never sipped before. We want more people enjoying full-flavoured, authentic quality craft beer.”

Beer Facts

  • The Slavic word ‘beer’ comes from the verb ‘to drink’.
  • Brewing beer dates back to approximately 3500-2900 BC. Ancient evidence, in the form of chemical residues, was found in ancient Iran.
  • The strongest beer in the world has a strength of 67.5%. The beer is called Snake Venom and was created in 2017 by the Scottish brewery Brewmeister.
  • China, the United States, Germany, Russia and Brazil are among the top five beer-producing countries.

Sip into something special at The Pantiles

The Pantiles has a variety of independently owned pubs and bars where you can celebrate International Beer Day. Venues include:

The Pantiles Tap

The Pantiles Tap is a 16-tap real ale and craft beer paradise in the heart of The Pantiles with ever-changing cask ales and craft beers, both UK sourced and imported. If keg beer isn’t your thing, then try one of their bottled beverages, or select from the fantastic range of locally sourced artisan ciders.

“A truly wonderful and welcoming pub. A real craft beer place with wonderful knowledgeable staff and if you ask the hilarious landlord nicely a secret selection of Caribbean rum. It’s a true home from home for anybody local or visitor to the area. I could not recommend enough!” – Phil W

The Ragged Trousers

By day The Ragged Trousers offers excellent brasserie style food in a casual dining environment. By night it is a thriving pub offering the best of Kent and Sussex ale and an extensive list of lagers, craft beers, wines and spirits.

“One of the best Pubs in Tunbridge Wells. The Ragged Trousers is alive with activity. The place is not very large but it produces great food along with a good choice of beverages. The food and drinks are very reasonable and the staff provide exceptional service.” – Charlotte M

The Sussex Arms

Situated on Sussex Mews behind The Pantiles Corn Exchange sits one of Tunbridge Wells’ most historic pubs. Tucked away through Coach and Horse Passage, The Sussex Arms is the area’s best-kept secret. The pub hosts regular pub quizzes, regular DJ nights, and little gigs that often make for a great first visit. They offer real ale from six hand-pulls, craft beers, and an ever-expanding wine and spirits list.

“The Sussex is a rustic pub with a great welcome by all staff. A great place to visit on a Sunday lunchtime. Truly took me back to what a pub is all about.” – Shelly H

The Duke of York

The Duke of York offers an elegant welcome to the Royal Borough with craft beers, real ales and fresh food served in a stylishly refurbished setting. Grade II listed, it is a place that seamlessly blends old with new.

Head to The Pantiles this International Beer Day and support your local!

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