Love beer? Then you’re in for a treat with International Beer Day, a global celebration of the world’s finest ales, lagers and stouts.

International Beer Day is a festive occasion held by pubs and breweries worldwide. Taking place annually on the first week of August, the event is a day that celebrates beers from around the world and a day for kicking back and cracking open a cold one with your best mates.

As well as celebrating the simple act of kicking back and downing a few in good company, International Beer Day is also a great opportunity to try beers from around the world. From the finest local pale ales to the best brews from Germany to Mexico and across Asia, International Beer Day is a great opportunity to try new beers beyond your comfort zone. Here’s a quick guide to some of the best beers from around the world.


A country with a rich culture and history revolving around beer, Germany is home to a bounty of brews. A must-try is Hefeweizen, a cloudy wheat brew with a light, yeasty, almost fruity sweetness that makes it uniquely refreshing to drink with a light meal.


Probably the most famous beer export from Mexico, Corona Extra was actually inspired by German brewing methods, and has a light, refreshing taste. If you like Corona, check out Modelo – a similarly light and refreshing Mexican brew with a citrus aftertaste.


China, Japan and Korea are all producers of quality beers. Tsingtao is a refreshing pilsner-style beer from China that’s unique as it’s brewed with rice in addition to the usual yeast and barley. Fresh spring water from the Laoshan mountains is also used for this smooth, crisp lager.

Pubs and breweries across Melbourne and regional Victoria are hosting special events to celebrate International Beer Day with all sorts of games and special offers, from complimentary schooners in Southbank to craft beer and gourmet food pairings in Coldstream.

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Here’s a taste of some of the best places to be in Victoria for International Beer Day.

  1. Coldstream Brewery, Coldstream

Nestled in the Yarra Valley just under an hour away from Melbourne, Coldstream Brewery offers original recipe beers using the highest quality hops, malt and yeast.

  1. Colonial Brewing Company, Port Melbourne

If food trucks are your thing, Colonial Brewing Company is the place to be. With a rotating schedule of food trucks offering a variety of street food, this place is ideal for a casual night with mates. What could be better?

  1. Hopscotch Urban Beer
    Bar, Southbank

This craft beer hangout offers beers straight from their own microbrewery, alongside spiked slushies and cocktails. For International Beer Day, they’re offering complimentary schooners and special giveaways to celebrate.

So, what are you waiting for? Head on down to the festivities and enjoy International Beer Day in all its boozy glory.

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