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Oktoberfest 2021 is cancelled in Munich, but in El Paso, we can still celebrate National Drink Beer Day like it's 1999.

Euri Giles | Clareifi

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - Today is National Drink Beer Day.

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Wait, what? I thought that was yesterday, and last week, and the week before that. From my experience as a native El Pasoan, we don’t need an excuse like National Drink Beer Day, or Oktoberfest to enjoy a cold one. We’re a city that believes in spreading our love of hops and barley year round. Nevertheless, here we are.

One of the top Oktoberfest in the world is usually hosted in Munich, Germany. This year, the annual festival that usually runs from late September to early October is cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The good news is, if you're here in El Paso (and hadn’t booked your flight to Germany for Oktoberfest), you're not missing out on anything.

There are plenty of great spots around town to enjoy a beer, regardless of the holiday, or day of the week even.

“You don’t have to drink a special brew to celebrate the day,” states nationaldaycalendar.com. “Drink your favorite stand by or branch out — whichever you prefer. Around the country, and from around the world, a wide assortment of beers offers plenty of ways to celebrate. Whether you call your mug full of brew a barley pop or cerveza, the day is worth celebrating.”

Drinking some beer!

Ways to celebrate National Drink Beer day responsibly in El Paso.

  • Drink some beer with friends
  • Drive to your local beer-selling grocery store and pick up a nice, refreshing 12-pack. Invite your friends and family members to share some brewskies and good times!
  • Go on a bar crawl
  • If you've never been on a bar crawl, National Drink Beer Day is a perfect time to check one out. It's a simple idea. Just pick out your favorite watering holes, and drink a beer in each. You might be a "regular" where everybody knows your name, or you might encounter a brand-new bar, decorated with ferns and full of many attractive strangers. You never know, and after a few beers, you won't care.
  • Tour a brewery and sample some beer
  • Go online and search for a brewery near you. Do you like craft beer, ale, or lagers? Are you passionate about foreign exports or home-grown beer? You’ll learn about hops and grains, and you'll get to sample different kinds of beer.

Where is the best place in El Paso to enjoy a cold beer?

Word of mouth is usually the best indicator of where to go to get the best beer in town.

Here is a list of ten of the most talked about breweries in El Paso, Texas where you can enjoy a beer on National Drink Beer Day:

1. DeadBeach Brewery — 406 Durango St.

2. El Paso Brewing Co. — 810 Texas Ave Suite B

3. Blazing Tree Brewery — 11426 Rojas Dr. A-13

4. Craft Rhythm & Brews — 1301 Texas Ave

5. Old Sheepdog Brewery — 3900 Rosa Ave

6. Tin Man — 2301 N Zaragoza Rd #108

7. Keg & Brew Craft House — 2114 N Zaragoza Rd, suite b-1

8. Aurelia’s Bottle Shop & Brewhouse — 1620 N Resler Dr.

9. Mountain Star Brewing Company — 11135 Pellicano Dr.

10. EP Craft Beer Cave (this is more for a wide selection of different craft beers, as well as home brewing supplies for those who want to try to make their own craft brews.)

No matter your tastes, from lagers to stouts, ales to IPA’s, there’s a beer out there for you.

A brief history of beer.

Beer is among a few of the oldest drinks ever produced by humans. While water is a necessity for life. Beer was produced for nutrition, refreshment, and fun. All in moderation, of course. Thought to have originated in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, the earliest written history of beer quickly spread across the world and took on different tastes, brewing process, and became symbolic in its own unique way as a part of every culture.

Beer in America went through its own changes before, during and after prohibition, which ended in 1933. Beer began to be mass-produced until it became the beer we know today — what’s advertised the most anyway, some consider to be a watered-down version of what beer was meant to be.

When beer enthusiasts began brewing their own beer at home back in the 1960s, it was the beginning of a beer revolution. The beginning of the rise of craft beer in America. Craft beer for many is a return to brewing beer the way it was meant to be. It also means innovation, through brewing processes and the complexity of combining new flavors, and aromas to create something unique.

Think I’ve had one too many, going on about beer like this? There are plenty of enthusiasts out there. The American Brewing History Initiative is an ongoing exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC. In 2020, there were a total of 8,764 craft breweries in the United States, based on the latest data from the Brewer's Association.

Where is your favorite place to enjoy a cold beer in El Paso?

Let us know your favorite spot in the comments below.

Always drink responsibly, El Paso.

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