Today is National Beer Day, and you'd better make plans to celebrate accordingly.
If you're in need of some inspiration about how to mark the occasion, we've got you covered. Here are some of the best ways to honor the day:
Tour a local brewery
You know you love their final product, but how does your favorite brewery go about making their delicious creations? Take a tour so you can get a behind-the-scenes look. You might be shocked about the science behind the process.
Sample a new beer
If you've got a few tried and true brews you love to drink, celebrate National Beer Day by expanding your horizons. Give styles or brands that you've never tried before a shot. Ask your friends for recommendations, and be willing to offer them some suggestions of your own.
Try brewing your own
It's great to head to the breweries in your area and sample their wares, but if you want to challenge yourself, give home brewing a shot. Get creative with flavor combinations, but be patient. It can take a little while to fully perfect your skills.
Do a brewery crawl
Why visit one brewery when you can bounce from place to place and sample a variety of different beers? It's National Beer Day, after all, and you should celebrate accordingly.
Find the best beer and food pairings
Which foods go perfectly with beer? National Beer Day is the perfect time to find out. Once you find the best beer and food pairings, invite your friends over for a carefully curated meal.
Good luck with your celebrations, drink responsibly, and don't forget to appreciate the fact that the holiday falls on a Friday!
Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thought Catalog, The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, and others. She’s also the co-host of The Margarita Confessionals podcast. Say hi on Twitter, @lifewithlauren1.