Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 08/05/2011

Raise a glass to International Beer Day

There are many options to consider when celebrating International Beer Day. (Andy Cripe - AP)
Prepare your livers, ladies and gentleman, because it’s International Beer Day. Created in 2007 by a San Francisco-based SEO strategist and beer-enthusiast, the point of the designated day is to honor good beer from around the world and the people who make it by consuming it with friends.

(Note to whipper snappers: The Washington Post approves of having a good time with an assist from beer, but only if you’re over 21.)

Not sure where to head for the suds? The good people at IBD have set up a find official celebrations in your neighborhood. Once you arrive at your destination, you may be overwhelmed with options. The Washington Post’s Beer Madness is here to help.

The annual competition allows beer lovers to vote for the brew they think is best until only one winner stands. In the process, the competitors are described and rated. The 2011 winner of the contest, which pitted 64 craft beers against each other, was Flying Fish Exit 4. British beer Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout took home the prize in 2010.

No matter what you’re drinking, enjoy yourself and the beer — responsibly.

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