This 4th of July marks the 243rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence being approved by the first Continental Congress, not the actual signing of the document. The historical document making the United States of America a sovereign, independent nation was officially signed on August 2, 1776. No matter the dispute over the date, for the past 243 years we’ve done exactly what the founding fathers probably did on July 4: party and drink a lot of beer!
Here at gotbeer.com, we are dedicated to helping you create the best 4th of July party you can possibly imagine. From decorations to party games and of course, beer, we want to help you ring in America's birthday in the most fun, patriotic way possible.
Throwing a 4th of July party is always a little bit simpler because the color scheme and theme are already pretty much picked out for you: Red, White & Blue. You can never go wrong starting out with simple American flags or a pleated “stars and stripes” fan to bring out the patriotism within! Other picks include:
? Red, white and blue balloons or even now a hot pick are letter balloons like the ones shown above.
? Red, white and blue string lights, cutlery, place settings, solo cups and, of course, coolers to keep the beer cold are must-haves to make sure your party is a huge success!
? Lastly, no Independence Day party is complete without some fireworks, or at the very least, sparklers! Pick some up to make sure the party goes out in grand style, but please be careful not to try any of this while drinking alcohol or around alcohol. *
*The combination of alcohol and fireworks is dangerous. Please be aware and don’t mix the two.
It’s always fun to throw in some friendly competition amongst partygoers. Some games that can be played one against one or in teams are classic while some are pretty new on the scene, but one thing’s for sure…games sure can liven up a party! Try some Corn Hole or Spikeball. If you’re not familiar with the rules, well, they can easily be looked up online or on YouTube.
Now to get into the beer games…
A cool combination of America’s two favorite pastimes: Baseball and beer! This game requires a table, solo cups, pong balls and of course beer. The game consists of two teams with an even number of players on each side of a table and 4 cups set up on each side in a straight line, representing a single, double, triple and a home run, the furthest away being a HR and the closest a single. When a ball lands in a cup, the defending team must drink all of the beer inside that cup and all the cups below it; i.e., if the third cup (a triple) is hit, the third, second and first cups would be drunk. After drinking, the cups are refilled and placed back in line on the table. If there is a man on base, you have the opportunity to steal by drinking a cup of beer on the side and beating a member of the opposing team in flip cup. If you win, you advance to the next base; if you lose then you are out. The game consists of nine or six innings in which each team gets to “bat.” If a ball is thrown and does not hit a cup, that is an out; if it hits a cup and the fielding team does not catch it before hitting the ground it is a strike. Of course, 3 strikes and you’re out. Each team gets 3 outs per inning.
Beer die requires a solo cup for each of the 4 players in their own corner of a table and a pair of dice. Teammates are on the same end of the table. One player from each team will roll the die, the team rolling the highest number will be able to choose either side or first toss. The die must be thrown at least 8 feet in the air and underhand. A point is awarded if the die hits the table and bounces off the defensive edge of the table without being caught. The die must be caught with one hand but cannot be trapped between any surface or body part or a point is awarded. Once the die comes in contact with the floor, the play is dead and a point is awarded. If the die is thrown into the opposing team’s cup, the throwing team is awarded three points and the owner of the cup must chug the rest of his drink. When he/she finishes they must roll the die out of the cup and if it lands on a 5 the rest of the table must finish their drink as well. Game is played to 11.
PATRIOTIC BEER PICKS
Where else to start the list but with America’s oldest brewery? Famous for its rich amber color and medium-bodied flavor with roasted caramel malt for a subtle sweetness and a combination of cluster and cascade hops, this true original delivers a well-balanced taste with very distinct character. Born from a historic recipe that was resurrected in 1987, Yuengling Traditional Lager is a true classic.
4th of July Food Pairings: Pizza, Ribs, Brat
Samuel Adams Boston Lager:
A list of patriotic beers wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t put the beer named in tribute to one of the founding fathers of the United States. At only 4.9% ABV, Samuel Adams Boston Lager is a great pick for those that want a full-bodied beer for their sessionable 4th of July celebrations. This deep amber to golden colored full-bodied lager displays caramel sweet notes balanced with distinct citrus and piney notes. A strong, smooth finish and mouthfeel.
4th of July Food Pairings: Burgers, Ribs, BBQ Brisket
21st Amendment Brew Free or Die IPA:
Plenty of American spirit elevates this IPA to be worthy of any celebration. This well balanced, golden IPA is one of the bestselling beers from 21st Amendment Brewery, and a great choice for celebrating America’s birthday.
4th of July Food Pairings: Cheeseburgers
Brooklyn Summer Ale:
Brooklyn Summer Ale is a refreshing, flavorful pale ale made to accompany you on all your warm-weather adventures. 100% British 2-row barley brings its famed bready flavors, capped off with German and American hops to provide a snappy, clean bitterness and a bright, floral aroma.
4th of July Food Pairings: Salads, seafood
Plan ahead for the perfect party, and please have a happy, fun and safe 4th of July!
Jacob Bishop is gotbeer.com’s Marketing Communications Intern for the Summer of 2019. Just a hop (pun intended), skip and a jump away from completing his Bachelor's Degree in Marketing at Siena College, Jacob loves hanging out with his family & friends. He spends his free time writing, being active and of course, drinking beer! He is very excited to learn more about and gain experience in the beverage & marketing industry this summer with gotbeer.