We all know that it’s pretty difficult to find a day on your calendar that isn’t declared a holiday of some sort. With National Asparagus Month and Wrong Trousers Day (those are both real!) some of these can seem a bit, well, ridiculous. The days themselves are usually invented to support a good cause, but it is easy to get immune.
All that is about to change, however, when you realise that today, Friday 1st August, is International Beer Day!
Now this is a celebration that we can get behind! According to the International Beer Day website, the purpose of the day is threefold:
- To gather with friends and enjoy the deliciousness that is beer
- To celebrate the dedicated men and women who brew and serve our beer
- To bring the world together under the united banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations and cultures together on this one remarkable day.
Now doesn’t that sound like a glorious idea? We think so!
Of course, every area has its own local beer to be proud of. From Kaminitza in Bulgaria, to Grogue in Cape Verde, brewing is often a proud local tradition. And Devon is no exception!
In fact we are fiercely proud of our local brews, laboriously crafted in microbreweries from around the scenic moors and lush valleys of the Devonshire countryside. We have three main breweries here, which provide fabulous artisan ales, lovingly brewed to perfection.
Based just down the road from us at Devon Hampers, Dartmoor Breweries is based at Princetown in the heart of Dartmoor. Dartmoor Breweries have the honour of being England’s highest brewery, at 1,465ft above sea level.
Producing five draught ales and bottling three of these, Dartmoor Breweries are based on a passion for good beer. Made using ingredients that are locally-sourced, picked based on quality and combined with fresh Dartmoor spring water. This beer has even attracted the attention of royalty, with HRH Prince Charles rumoured to be a fan.
A real man’s passion, Hunters Brewery was set up as the life long dream of its founder. Producing a myriad of specialty ales, you can tell that this brewery loves what it does! Situated in the Teignbridge countryside, the view from the windows of the brewery clearly helps to keep the master brewers inspired.
Hunters Brewery is even holding an open day this weekend, where you can have a tour of the facility and experience their own beer festival!
Otter Brewery has a lifetime of experience of beer, with the founder being ‘in the biz’ since the tender age of 19. Combining modern technology with quality local ingredients in order to get the very best results; the Otter range includes five ales, a lager and four speciality beers.
Situated in the Blackdown Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, Otter Breweries see their beers travel far and wide, whilst caring for the local area and community that they are a part of.