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International Beer Day – Where to Find International Beers

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International Beer Day is this Friday, August 7th, and while raising a glass to beer around the world is nothing new, this is the one day of the year where it’s official.

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International Beer Day is this Friday, August 7th, and while raising a glass to beer around the world is nothing new, this is the one day of the year where it’s official.

According to our research, *Mrs. Frizzle voice,* International Beer Day was founded in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California by Jesse Avshalomov. International Beer Day began as a small event on the West Coast, but it has turned into a worldwide celebration spanning 207 cities, 80 countries and 6 continents. International Beer Day has three declared purposes:

  1. To gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer.
  2. To celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer.
  3. To unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations together on a single day.

Sounds like every day with the Beer Chronicle team, but let’s celebrate anyway! International Beer Day is a day to celebrate ALL beer with beer drinkers around the world. But in such a diverse and multicultural city, celebrating something international is nothing new to Houston’s citizens.

Whether it’s through the myriad of languages spoken or our enormous array of culinary choices, Houstonians are more than familiar with things that originate outside of our city.

When it comes to beer, we are fiercely loyal to our local beer. But many of the beers brewed here are based around styles that originated in other parts of the world.

Here are a few quick examples that we’ve reviewed:

Saint Arnold 25th Anniversary Grand Cru
Copperhead Cherry Medusa
Astral Kraftwerk Kolsch

While we love our local beer, what if we want something truly international? Like, shipped across the ocean and stuff?

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That can be a little more tricky than your average porch bomb. Grocery stores do ok sometimes, and you can find random beers at liquor stores at well. But if you’re looking to really get into the spirit of International Beer Day by celebrating a beer from another country, here are 3 places we recommend to find that perfect celebration beer:

  1. D&Q The Beer Station – Located on Richmond just south of downtown, this former gas station has a monster selection of international beers. They do a killer job of posting new shipments on their social media pages, so be sure to check those out. If you’re looking for something truly special, chances are they have it.
  2. Spec’s Downtown – Known as the mothership of the Houston Spec’s stores, the Smith St. location is almost overwhelming in its selection. Much like D&Q, they get super limited releases and stock a wide variety of international beers. Be sure to go early, though, because you’re going to want to take your time.
  3. Craft Beer Cellar Downtown – Another local hotspot, CBC Downtown, sells packaged beer and crowlers, plus a variety of non-beer options for those in your life who don’t drink beer. They also have a kitchen where you can grab some food to-go as well.

Whether you want to cheers the wonderful world of beer with something brewed locally or snag a bottle from across the pond, we invite you to join us as we celebrate this Friday. Here’s a list of other bottle shops around town that may be closer or may suit your international needs.

Beer isn’t just a drink to us. It’s a community that invites conversation, friendship, and opportunities for anyone who shares the passion we do.

We would not be where we are today without craft beer and the community that has made us feel right at home.

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As we recently celebrated our 4th birthday and crowned this year’s MVB, we took a moment to reflect on the impact that beer has had on us. It’s been a wonderful ride that none of us could have imagined when we started this little adventure 4 years ago.

International Beer Day is especially significant to us for so many reasons. So, as a thank you to both our fans and to craft beer in general, we will most certainly be celebrating on Friday.

Beers to you, Houston.


Brent is originally from Ohio but has been in Houston for over 10 years. As an Aggie, musician, animal advocate, and Lego collector, he always has something going on. If you have an imperial stout, come find him. He’ll want to add it to his insatiable beer spreadsheet.


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Brent Topa
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