Each year, many Americans celebrate National Beer Day to honor this beloved drink; and wanting to look beyond simply lifting a glass to say “cheers,” these eight beer experiences offer unique ways of celebrating National Beer Day in 2016. The facts of why this is celebrated on April 7 are not very clear since many argue that prohibition ended on a different date, and that President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Volstead Act in March. So, while historians can continue to argue many of these dates and details, it’s known that in today’s world, Americans celebrate National Beer Day on April 7. All this being established, acknowledge the love of beer with these beer-inspired travel and lifestyle experiences. Cheers!
Brewcation in Beer City USA: The JW Marriott Grand Rapids immediately immerses visitors into Beer City USA with local beers served in-room upon arrival. Tour the 15 breweries in the area with a Beer City Passport, a guide to brew houses in the area, a Beer City T-Shirt (upon completion of the passport) and 20% off a beer spa treatment using local hops and barley from Founders Brewery.
Michigan Beer Spa Treatments: The Amway Grand Plaza celebrates Beer City USA’s 15 nearby breweries with beer-infused “Brew and Renew” spa specials for guests to pamper themselves and experience the beer culture of the city. Treatments include tastings of Michigan craft beers and the use of local hops and barley to exfoliate the skin for beer pedicures.
Beer Yoga in Fort Worth, TX: It’s all about balance – in yoga and diet! The Collective Brewing Project pairs the active travelers desire to taste the local flavors, yet stay in shape. Guests bring their own yoga mat for air-conditioned yoga in the taproom, followed by some Collective beer. $20 gets travelers an hour of yoga and three beverages (Beer, Kombucha or Cold Brew Coffee).
Local Brewery Tastings: As part of the resort’s ongoing partnership with local craft brewery Funky Buddha, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort will be hosting a complimentary tasting for resort guests on April 7 featuring Florida favorites from Hop Gun IPA to Floridian Hefeweizen.
Almost like having a Guinness in Ireland: As Chicago’s oldest Irish bar, Kitty O’Sheas celebrates its Dublin roots with a tour of the brewery and the bartenders (who all hail from Ireland) will share the story of how Kitty O’Sheas was founded by the original owners of the Dublin-based pub.
Experience the Finger Lakes Beer Trail: The Black Sheep Inn and Spa provides guests with the option to add the Finger Lakes Beer Trail Package onto their stay. Supplying guests with an Inn Harvest Cooler, travelers can indulge in local culinary goodies, an insulated growler, a Finger Lakes Beer Map and a Black Sheep Guild card during their time on the trail.
Have Passport, Will Drink Craft Beer: Dedicated to showcasing the tastes of local master brewers, Lexington’s Brewgrass Trail invites visitors to take a winding tour of the Bluegrass Region’s many different microbreweries. Pick up a Brewgrass Trail Passport and have it stamped at each stop while indulging in locally-made beers and food truck fare.
Paired Program: Located in the heart of San Juan, Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino showcases Puerto Rican craft beer with its recently activated Paired Program. The catered menu is comprised of hand-picked local craft beers and premium wines served alongside small plates such as chorizo manchego empanadas and Puerto Rican arancini.