This Sunday, the world will celebrate beer. It’s officially International Beer Day, “a worldwide celebration of beer on Aug. 5, taking place in pubs, clubs, bars, breweries, beer gardens and back yards all over the world.”


There are officially 334 celebrations planned across 193 cities in 46 countries. You can search IBD’s map to find an official celebration near you, or you can plan your own celebration. If you’re planning your own, chose beers from local or sustainable breweries to make your celebration eco-friendlier. Here are some beers and breweries that we’ve recommended here on MNN in the past.


  • Organic Beer for Super Bowl Sunday – Obviously, any beer that’s good for Super Bowl Sunday is good for any Sunday, including IBD. Food blogger Kimi has recommendations for five breweries that brew organic.
  • New Belgium Beer – The company brews organic beer and it’s also a company that strongly urges its employees to bike whenever possible.
  • Best Beer for Eco-friendly Drinkers – Five domestic breweries that are doing it right with production, ingredients and taste.
  • Eco-Friendlier Beer: The Imports – Four breweries from around the globe that use organic ingredients that are local to them.
  • Snake River Brewing Company – An organic brewing company that uses organic hops, even though the USDA doesn’t require the hops to be organic.
  • Sierra Nevada – A brewing company that takes sustainable operations very seriously.
  • Gluten-Free Beer – Five suggestions for brews that are free from gluten. Yes, I know that gluten-free doesn’t mean eco-friendly, but for those with gluten sensitivity, they could be a good choice while the rest of the party drinks eco-friendlier beer.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the sustainable beers and brewers that you can chose from for International Beer Day. If you’re celebrating this Sunday, what will be in your frosty mug?


Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

What will you drink on International Beer Day?
When you're celebrating beer and those who make it on Aug. 5, consider filling your glass with a sustainable brew.