As we’ve mentioned, this year marks the third anniversary of English Ale Month here at The Brew Club! Way back in 2009, we decided that we should focus on English Ales during the month of April, and its become something of a tradition here.
For some background, in England April 23 is the day set aside to celebrate St. George, who is England’s patron Saint. But this year is even more amazing!
I recently wrote about how UK attitudes to craft brewing might be changing, for the better – even though we Brits don’t use the term ‘craft brewing’ – we simply have a multitude of small independent brewers that aren’t owned by Anhauser, Busch, Molson, Coors, Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young, Gifted and Black.
I was however, shocked and pleasantly surprised to learn today that the UK Government has declared a one-off public holiday, to be held on Friday, April 29th as ‘Celebrate English Beer Day’!
Lord Canvey, on making the announcement, said:
“I believe we should celebrate our independent brewers, they are one of the few ways you can spend money and ensure that the money benefits the local economy.
If you buy a new car, the money goes to Germany or Japan, new technology and the money goes to the USA, Japan or China, and if you buy fine wines then the money will probably go to France.
It’s only by drinking locally brewed beers can you ensure that your spending benefits your local community directly.
I would therefore urge all UK residents to use this extra days holiday to enjoy themselves, drink responsibly, but support their local brewers and have a good time.”
While it would be inappropriate to claim all the credit in this momentous decision by the UK Government to recognize ”Celebrate English Ale Day’, I would like to think that the beer blogosphere, including The Brew Club, has done more than its fair share of raising awareness of local English brews.
Although its just April 1 today, I for one will be celebrating on April 29th!
Bob the Brit