Friday, August 5, 2011

International Beer Day

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
 - Benjamin Franklin, Philosopher, Founding Father, High-Heel Wearing, Skirt-Chasing Party Animal

While perusing the interweb's all-knowing authority on everything, Wikipedia, I recently discovered that in 2007 the nearby town of Santa Cruz, CA was the sight of a true Yummish Miracle – the inception of International Beer Day

Celebrated worldwide on August 5, the purpose of International Beer Day is :

1) To gather with friends and enjoy the deliciousness that is beer.
2) To celebrate the dedicated men and women who brew and serve our beer.
3) 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.

We'll drink to that!

If beer does not suit your particular senses or sensibilities, as with any Yummish celebration, you should feel free to customize the concept to match your tastes. Perhaps, like Jesse Avshalomov you'll even be inspired to start your own international holiday. Soft-Centered Cookies Day! Smoked Salmon Nigiri Day! Cheese That Smells Like Feet Day! Whatever it is, we Yummish will be happy to celebrate with you.

However, before you dispense with the idea of beer entirely, consider giving this quick and easy recipe a try:

Beer Bread:

12 oz. Beer (Guinness is a nice choice, but any type/brand of beer works)
3 cups self rising flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 stick butter, split

Grease loaf pan well with ½ stick butter, softened. Discard any extra.
Mix together beer, flour and sugar.
Spoon dough into loaf pan.
Bake at 375 degrees for (about) 50 minutes or until golden.
Pour remaining ½ stick of butter, melted, over bread.
Return to oven for 10 minutes.

Today's exercise: Celebrate!

Next: Whatever I dream up while in the depths of a beer binge.

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