SOMERVILLE, NJ - What better way to celebrate International Beer Day than to venture out to a genuine brewery with some old friends, hoist a few cold ones, reminisce about the good 'ol days while making some new friends?
Residents of the Brandywine Living communities in Princeton and Bridgewater - members of the "Just Us Guys" social group - were transported to Village Brewing Company on West Main Street Friday where they were met by owners Iris Frank and her brother Greg, all anxious to sample the beer crafted on the premises.
"I'm really enjoying myself and the Riverhorse IPA is going down nicely, nothing like a cold one on a hot day," said Jim Kennedy, a resident of the Brandywine at Middlebrook facility in Bridgewater.
Stephanie Gaber, who coordinated the visit for the Brandywine residences, said the owners accorded their visitors the VIP treatment.
"They were so kind and accommodating to the Brandywine residents, and even chatted with them while they were enjoying their beers," Gaber said.
After finishing their beers and appetizers, "Just Us Guys" paired off for a game of corn hole. Princeton got one swish rght in the center, but Middlebrook finished with more of their bags on the board. Gaber declared the match a tie.
International Beer Day is a celebration on the first Friday of every August founded in 2007 in Santa Cruz, CA by Jesse Avshalomov] Since its inception, International Beer Day has grown from a small localized event into a worldwide celebration spanning 207 cities, 80 countries and 6 continents. International Beer Day has three declared purposes: to gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer; to celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving ber and to united the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations together on a single day.