Cheers to St. Patrick’s Day

On March 17th, 2013 countries across the world will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – the holiday known for being green! St Patrick’s Day, however, began as a cultural religious holiday celebrated on March 17th and is named after Saint Patrick – the most commonly recognized patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day originated as a feast day in the early seventeenth century, observed by the Catholic Church along with the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Lutheran Church. The day generally involves public parades and festivals, while wearing green attire or shamrocks. And since St. Patrick’s Day falls during the Christian season of Lent, Lenten prohibitions would be lifted for the day, allowing people to dance, drink and feast.

St. Patrick’s Day has continued as just that – a day to dance, drink and feast. And what is the beverage of choice for St. Patrick’s Day? One of the staple drinks of St. Patrick’s Day across the world is beer. But just how much beer is being consumed? And where is it coming from?

According to wherefoodcomesfrom.com, beer is the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage and the third-most popular drink. Below are the top 10 countries with the most exports of beer:

  1. Mexico
  2. Netherlands
  3. Germany
  4. Belgium
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Ireland
  7. France
  8. US
  9. Canada
  10. Czech Republic

Another fun fact for Guinness fans – in 2012, an estimated 13 million pints of Guinness were consumed around the world on St. Patrick’s Day.

So, as you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, you can offer this little bit of trivia on exports to your friends and see how many different countries of origin you can spot on the beer containers sitting around the table.

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