Raise your glass: International Beer Day is Aug. 2

It's time to raise a pint and say cheers! Aug. 2 is International Beer Day.

It's time to raise a pint and say cheers! Aug. 2 is International Beer Day.

The beer holiday began in 2008 and has since been held each year on the first Friday of August, according to the International Beer Day website.

The purpose of International Beer Day is threefold: "To gather with friends and enjoy the deliciousness that is beer; To celebrate the dedicated men and women who brew and serve our beer; And to bring the world together by celebrating the beers of all nations and cultures on this one remarkable day."

In addition to simply cracking open a cold one, here are a few ways you can celebrate the internationally beloved beverage.

Go to a local brewery

In 1978, there were 89 breweries in the U.S., according to Forbes. Today, that number has exploded to almost 6,400.

Find a brewery near you at BreweryDB.com. Your local brewery may have its own IBD celebration and deals.

Try a new beer

Either seek out a new beer yourself, or research suggestions using an app like Untappd. Read reviews from others, or enter your preferences and allow the app to suggest a beer to you.

You could also consider trying one of beer's recent, top emerging styles. Trendy beers of 2019 include the contemporary American-style pilsner, juicy and hazy beers, and the American wild ale, according to Beer Connoisseur.

Order beer to your house

Don't feel like going out? Let the drinks come to you! Try ordering beer (or wine, or liquor) from an app like Drizly or Saucey. Both services offer a wide selection of beers, from India Pale Ales, to stouts to nonalcoholic beer!

Enter your ZIP code on their respective websites to see if delivery is available in your area.

Learn some beer facts

Get educated on all things beer. BeerAdvocate.com has articles on how to pour beerhow to taste beerthe different beer styles, and just about any beer-related topic you can think of.

As a friendly reminder to those who are celebrating the holiday, please enjoy beer responsibly and hail an Uber or Lyft instead of getting behind the wheel after partaking.