Breakfast buffet: National American beer day
October 27th, 2011
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Born in the U.S.A.! - October 27 is National American Beer Day.

Grab your best pals, wander down to your favorite bar and raise a glass to American-made beer. More than 1,700 breweries in the U.S. are churning out and crafting your favorite beverage, so give them a proper salute.

Beer has long been part of our culture, dating back to colonial times, although things almost skidded to a halt when Prohibition loomed large in the 20s. Luckily, the underground scene kept churning out substitutes, even if they paled in comparison.

Once Prohibition was repealed, large-scale breweries became an American industry. These names still stand today, although the movement led to an exciting new beer culture: brewpubs. These "craft breweries" make distinctive beers and serve them at the same location.

Here in the U.S., we're proudest of creating American Pale Ale, steam beer and cream ale. So share with us, what are your favorite American-brewed beers? Do you have a brewpub you'll always stand by?

And today, we're assuming it's 5 o 'clock all day.

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  1. Hank

    What a good idea! for a fun blog on Mickeys beer caps see

    November 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  2. #OccupyTime

    People Are Calmer On Full Stomachs.

    October 28, 2011 at 7:38 am | Reply
    • AleeD

      What are you? An unemployed writer for fortune cookies?

      October 28, 2011 at 7:41 am | Reply

    Go St. Louis !!!! Can't wait til morning – it's Miller Time !!!! I Love Bud Light !!!!

    October 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  4. Doug

    24/7/365 it's ALWAYS Beer Day! Spell it out if you're with me.

    October 27, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  5. mightaswellbe

    Hmmmm, no micro breweries around that I know of so i guess I'll pick up a six pack of Lone Star on the way home.

    October 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  6. Sven Gustafson

    Where craft beers are concerned, we have an embarrassment of riches here in Michigan, with brewers like Bell's, Founders, Short's and scores of small business brewpubs to choose from. Unfortunately, I drank a wee bit too much last night, so I'm not sure I'm celebrating tonight.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  7. JoeBeer

    I'm lucky to live in Delaware and have DogFish Head beer everywhere. Even within driving distance of their brew pub. Jeann must not know much about American beer (other than BudMillerCoors, lol)

    October 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • M

      Lucky you! I would love to live near DogFish! They brew the most unique and wonderful tasting beers!

      October 27, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  8. Jeann

    "American Beer"...

    Now there's a contradiction in terms...

    October 27, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Reply
    • Doug

      Eff you!!...unless you're Irish or Australian.

      October 27, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  9. JBJingles

    Now this is my kind of day! :)

    October 27, 2011 at 11:32 am | Reply
  10. Evil Grin

    Perfect. We have a great local brewery. I'll find myself there tonight.

    October 27, 2011 at 11:06 am | Reply
  11. RichardHead

    Mmmmmmm-Ice Cold American Brewski–Can't be beat.

    October 27, 2011 at 10:25 am | Reply
    • Doug

      So effing true (although Victoria Bitter comes in pretty close too.)

      October 27, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  12. Breaking News!

    Scientists have discovered that beer actually does make ugly people look better. Also – Nine months from this day of the year, there is a spike in childbirth.

    And now back to your regularly scheduled Eatocracy...

    October 27, 2011 at 10:12 am | Reply
  13. AleeD

    Mix this with yesterday's 5@5 and make yourself a Bloody Beer. I'd try it.
    I wonder if it goes better with an ale or a lighter brew. Mmmm, time to experiment.

    October 27, 2011 at 9:56 am | Reply
  14. Truth

    I'll drink to that!

    October 27, 2011 at 9:51 am | Reply
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    October 27, 2011 at 9:31 am | Reply

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