If you’re a beer fan, give props to the monks from the Middle Ages, who became the predominant brewers of their time when nearly every monastery was equipped with a brewery. Their love of all things malty led them to the innovation of lagering – or cold storing – to enhance the beverage’s flavor and secure beer’s standing as one of the world’s most popular beverages.
On Aug. 4, better known as International Beer Day, head out to your nearest brew pub to celebrate your love of this frothy favorite. We recommend these five flavorful breweries (and a specialty market):
Boomtown Brewery (Los Angeles)
Coachella Valley Brewing Co (Thousand Palms)
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. (Multiple Locations in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles)
Wiseguy Brewing (Carlsbad)
“Beer, if drunk in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirits and promotes health.” Heed the words of Thomas Jefferson, and in the hearty spirit of International Beer Day, go enjoy a cold one!