Old Railway Hotel publican Gavin Butlin pours an icy cold glass of XXXX Gold in preparation for International Beer Day today.
Old Railway Hotel publican Gavin Butlin pours an icy cold glass of XXXX Gold in preparation for International Beer Day today. Lauren Reed

Raise your glass to beer

THERE is nothing quite like the first few sips of an icy cold beer.

So if Friday isn’t enough of an excuse to have a couple of schooners why not celebrate International Beer Day, today.

International Beer Day brings the world together under the united banner of beer by celebrating beers of all nations in pubs, clubs, breweries, beer gardens and backyards across the globe.

Old Railway Hotel (formerly Langfords) publican Gavin Butlin said it was hard to explain the phenomenon of the amber ale.

“How do you explain it? Everybody loves beer.

“You have your dry beers, your multi beers like XXXX bitter and VB and now the crisp beers like your Great Northerns and the XXXX Summers,” he said.

“I think it is an acquired taste, but any way is a good way to drink beer.

“As Aussies we love our beer, Australians are one of the biggest beer drinkers in the world.

"People come into the pub after a long day and have a couple of beers – it quenches your thirst”.

Great Northern co-creator and Carlton United Brewers (CUB) Queensland general manager Cameron Levick said he was chuffed to discover there was a day dedicated to recognising the efforts of great brewers around the world.

“Our brewery is the largest in Australia and produces enough beer to fill two Olympic-size swimming pools each week,” he said.

“This is a far cry from the first brewers of beer, the ancient Egyptians, who in 7000BC produced only 1000 litres per day; but it’s these forefathers, our brewing ancestors, we should really celebrate today.

“The impact beer has had on everyday life could be likened to the invention of the wheel, the light globe or the internet, so it is important for Mackay locals to take time out to celebrate the day with the rest of the world,” Mr Levick said.

To commemorate the day Great Northern has released a number of little known beer facts such as, a devout beer lover is called a cerevisaphile (pronounced sir-a-vehs-a-file).



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