Given the impacts of drought, bushfires and COVID-19, I think we all deserve a beer.
And what a better day to do it. Friday, August 7 is recognised annually as International Beer Day.
We've all got our favourite types- lagers, ales and the like.
VB, you're the one for me says Royal Hotel Taree regular Brett Callen. He does however diversify on occasion.
"Pretty much I'll drink it as long as it's cold," he said.
He had no idea it was International Beer Day, or the fact the day existed for that matter.
"Every day is beer day," a voice from across the pub yelled.
Brewers Association of Australia chief executive Brett Heffernan said the message of the day was reuniting with family and friends over a few cold schooners.
We can still raise a glass or four, just keep your distance and she'll be right.
"If you're raising a glass today, we can be grateful for much. There are many far worse off," Mr Heffernan said.
"And that beer will taste even better when we get to enjoy it in the company of family and friends. That's something to look forward to. We can all drink to that."
Mr Heffernan said International Beer Day traditionally celebrates the economic and social contribution beer makes in Australia.
"Typically, our brewers drive around $16 billion in economic activity and support 13,500 direct jobs and 100,000 jobs throughout the supply chain. But it's a different story this year," Mr Heffernan said.
"While Australian-made beer remains a local manufacturing success, with 85 per cent of all beer sold in Australia being made in Australia, the sector has been doing it tough, particularly in hospitality.
"The impact on the hospitality sector has been catastrophic with around 500,000 jobs lost. These are typically young people, working through uni and getting their start in work.
"Pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes have seen some $8.5 billion wiped from their sales."
For what it's worth, this correspondent is a fan of 'the beer from up here' or the one promoted by the 'Honey Badger' Nick Cummins. That's Great Northern and Iron Jack for those who don't watch much TV.
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