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By Sam Ujvary

Come Together: International Beer Day 

At the end of each week, people bask in the glory that is the weekend. Ties are untied, sleeves are rolled up, and on many [warmer] occasions, people have been seen rejoicing in the streets. Today provides an extra boost to the anticipation of the clock striking five. Every first Friday in August marks International Beer Day—a small event established seven years ago that has turned into a worldwide annual affair celebrating makers, servers and indulgers of beer. Uniting people of the world, the celebration encourages beer enthusiasts to try something they’ve never had before.
Some brews below are local (and universal) favorites. Set aside some time today to carouse with friends over a pint of something you’ve always wanted to try. After all, it’s Friday—live a little.

21st Amendment Brewery – San Francisco, CA – Hell or Highwatermelon Wheat
Stone Brewing Company – Escondido, CA – Stone Smoked Porter
Oskar Blues Brewery – Longmont, CO – Dale’s Pale Ale
Indeed Brewing Company – Minneapolis, MN – Shenanigans Summer Ale
Brooklyn Brewery – Brooklyn, NY – Pennant Ale
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company – St. Louis, MO – Schnickelfritz
Jackie O’s – Athens, OH – After Hours Black IPA
Grieskirchner – Grieskirchen, Austria – Pils
Purple Moose Brewery – Porthmadog, Gwynedd, United Kingdom – Elderflower Ale

Baltika No. 8 Wheat beer – Saint Petersburg, Russia – 2013 winner, Best Wheat Beer, International Beer Challenge
Hawthorn IPA – Hawthron, VIC, Australia – 2013 Gold medal in the Ale category, International Beer Challenge
Tazawako Beer Rauch – Senboku, Japan – 2013 winner, Best Flavored Beer, World Beer Awards
Minoh Beer Imperial Stout – Osaka, Japan – 2013 winner, Best Stout & Porter, World Beer Awards
Primator Weizenbier – Náchod, Czech Republic – 2013 winner,­ World’s Best Beer, World Beer Awards

In the spirit of celebrations, uniting under the beer umbrella and zythology—feel free to share your favorite breweries with us.

Here’s to you.