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A friend of ours approached us recently and complained about having to miss out on what is undoubtedly one of the best beer-related holidays of the year: Saint Patrick’s Day. Now, we’re sure he’s not the only one; sometimes life just gets in the way of us celebrating some of the best holidays.
So in honor of those who had to work, who had other plans, who were sick, or who just had to deal with life, we present to you our list of The Best Beer-Related Holidays (that aren’t Saint Patrick’s Day). So drink up, play some beer pong, and never worry again if life prevents you from savoring some Guinness on your favorite holiday. For your reading pleasure, we are only including holidays that take place in mid-April or later.
Saint Monday–Any (or every! Monday)
Nobody likes Mondays. So in the 1800’s, clever tradesmen handled this by taking Mondays off for “union meetings.” They would then meet at their local pub or bar and drink in honor of Saint Monday. A fine tradition, if we’ve ever heard of one.
King Gambrinus Day–April 11
April 11 is the birthday of the respected Flemish King Gambrinus. Why should you care, you ask? Well, because King Gambrinus is credited with adding hops to malted brews to bring you the fine and delicious beer you know and love today! So drink up in honor of this pioneering man.
St. Arnold’s Day–July 18
Saint Arnold is the Patron Saint of Brewers. Need we say more?
International IPA Day—August 4
It’s not clear as to whetehr this is an official holiday or not, but we do know that thousands of IPA fans are doing their best to make it one. So knock back a cold, delicious India Pale Ale and celebrate.
International Beer Day—August 5
…And just in case you didn’t celebrate enough on August 4, there’s International Beer Day on August 5. So sip on a stout or guzzle a porter, and invite everyone over to play a rousing game of beer pong. And then never worry about missing out on a beer-related holiday again!
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Sure, there are typical excuses to drink: during a holiday party, before a big football game, or in celebration of a friend’s birthday. But what happens when it’s an average Tuesday night and you really need an excuse to play beer pong? How do you get a group together to play the game while legitimizing your drinking? Don’t worry; excuses are our specialty and the number of excuses to play beer pong is almost infinite. We suggest you follow a few simple rules and draw from one of the the following three categories to justify playing beer pong on an ordinary night.
1. Successes / Failures.
Did you ace a test recently? Celebrate! Did you fail it? That works too! Celebrating or mourning life’s little successes and failures is a sure-fire excuse to drink. Think outside the box as you consider what to celebrate/mourn. Sure, there are all the usual suspects like grades, getting/not getting the girl, or losing/winning a big game; but there are also so many other little successes or failures throughout the day to think about. Did you make it to class today? Floss your teeth? Put on pants? Celebrate!
2. Sporting Events.
An exciting toad race would be even more exciting after a round of beer pong!
We’re not talking football, baseball, or your favorite team; we figure you have those covered already. But have you considered commemorating Canada’s latest curling match with a rousing game of beer pong? How about finding or starting an adult dodgeball tournament? Or maybe you should check in and see what’s happening in the world of lawn mower racing these days. People come up with some weird sports, and you’ll have endless sporting events to celebrate if you look around. A short list of bizarre sporting events you could pay tribute to: elephant polo. Toad racing. Canal jumping. Rope climbing. Oil wrestling. See? The possibilities are endless.
Go to Wikipedia and type today’s date into the search bar. Need we say more? Whether it’s the anniversary of Guinea declaring independence from France, or the birthday of Winston Churchill, whether it’s Flag Day or Applejack Awareness Day, you’ll be able to find something to celebrate. Add a little pizazz to your celebration with some custom beer pong balls–perhaps with Winston Churchill’s face on them.
Now go forth and play beer pong!
(Do we have to say it? Drink responsibly and don’t drive after playing beer pong!)
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