National Beer Day (United Kingdom)

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Beer Day Britain is Britain's National Beer Day. The date has been celebrated annually on 15 June since 2015.[1]

Origin[edit]

The date was chosen[citation needed] because 15 June is also the date that Magna Carta was sealed in 1215 and ale is mentioned in clause 35 of Magna Carta, which states:

Let there be throughout our kingdom a single measure for wine and a single measure for ale and a single measure for corn, namely 'the London quarter'[2]

Beer Day Britain was instigated by beer sommelier, writer and drinks educator Jane Peyton.[3] It took place for the first time in 2015. The main focus of the day is the National Cheers To Beer that takes place at 7 pm when people also sing the Cheers To Beer anthem co-written by Jane Peyton.[citation needed][clarification needed]

There had been an earlier attempt to set up National Beer Day in 2009, when 43 Members of Parliament supported an Early day motion, as follows:

"That this House welcomes the forthcoming National Cask Ale Week, the world's largest ale festival, from 6 to 13 April 2009, a week of campaigning across the United Kingdom to promote the importance and pleasures of drinking real ale in pubs; supports the aim of National Cask Ale Week to denote 6 April as National Beer Day; notes the economic strength of the cask ale industry as demonstrated by sales figures from the Small Independent Brewers' Association in November 2008; expresses hope that National Cask Ale Week will succeed in entering the Guinness Book of Records for the world's biggest toast, a record breaking attempt which will take place on 11 April 2009; and encourages hon. Members to support their local pub's participation in National Cask Ale Week."[4]

However, this did not result in the repeated celebration of National Beer Day.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Britain's annual national beer day". Beer Day Britain. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Beer Day Britain". Magna Carta 800th. 5 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Peyton, Jane. "Beer Day Britain: 'It was a rousing start for something long overdue'". Morning Advertiser. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Early day motion 1211 - NATIONAL CASK ALE WEEK - UK Parliament". Parliament.uk. Retrieved 2013-10-17.