International Beer Day recognises the value of beer

Grab a cold one to celebrate International Beer Day. Picture: ON FILE

Beer drinkers can raise a glass in solidarity this International Beer Day on Friday 5 August while the beer tax hike this week sees the price of a pint rising in Australia.

85 per cent of Australia’s beer is grown here, made here and consumed here, generating about $16 billion every year for the Australian economy.

CEO of the Brewers Association of Australia John Preston said International Beer Day is a great day to get down to your local for a meal with the family or a beer with your mates and celebrate this wonderful industry.

‚ÄúCelebrating Australian beer is also about celebrating our farmers who produce the barley and hops that make our beer so special and our hospitality sector which does so much to bring us together,” he said.

In a typical year, brewers would purchase around $500 million of agricultural products and directly support 3,000 farm jobs.

As cost of living pressures hit the hip pocket the fact that the beer tax has just gone up by the biggest amount in over 30 years means it’s more difficult for people to head out and enjoy a beer at their local.