On Wednesday (June 15) it will be Beer Day Britain, the UK’s annual celebration of beer. Whether you enjoy drinking it, selling it or making it, it’s a day to enjoy all things beer.
Britain is the birthplace of some of the most iconic beers, including industrial lagers, stouts, pale ales, and porters.
People in Britain have been brewing beer almost since the beginning of time and it gained huge popularity in the middle ages. It’s thought that heather ale was the first beer consumed here, brewed in Scotland from 2,000 BC by a tribe called the Picts. Britain (or earlier Scotland and England, which were legally united in 1707) in the 17th century had such a vast trading network that the demand for beer grew immensely, including in countries across the world where it was enjoyed for the first time. Beer used to be carried by ships as a source of drinking water, and also as a trading commodity.
On June 15, 1215, the Magna Carter was signed, the first document to put into writing the principle that the king and his government was not above the law. Article 35 of the Great Charter states ‘Let there be throughout our kingdom a single measure for wine and a single measure for ale and a single measure for corn…..’. So, in 2015, to mark the 800th anniversary of the charter, beer sommelier, Jane Peyton, established Beer Day Britain. She also co-wrote the anthem ‘Cheers to Beer’ which is sung on Beer Day Britain at 7pm.
Beer Day Britain, our national beer day, is celebrated on June 15 every year. So join in with millions in raising a glass and saying ‘Cheers to Beer’ on Wednesday!