Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day only come around once a year—but there’s no reason to put your celebratory glass down until these booze-centric holidays roll around again. Beverage companies and spirit associations have come up with a whole alternative calendar of boozy holidays, rife with ridiculous, superfluous holidays entirely devoted to various kinds of alcohol and specific drinks. Some make sense, like the mass appeal of June’s World Gin Day, while others serve a more specific need, like Hot Toddy Day in January—a rather effective ploy to warm everyone up. But there’s also a lesser tier of drinking holidays that just miss the mark. Here, nine of the wackiest national booze holidays in existence.
National Bootlegger’s Day, January 17
Bootleggers are responsible for many great moments in drinking history. They kept American speakeasies afloat during Prohibition
, burst through British naval blockades to deliver liquid rations to the rebellious colonies during the Revolutionary War and gave us the backwoods delicacy of moonshine. So start your year off right by whipping up a batch of bathtub gin as a gift for the bootlegger in your life. Or, better yet, just go buy a bottle
and drink it.
National Beer Can Appreciation Day, January 24
Though you might prefer to appreciate the full nuance of a good brew from a luxe stein, January 24 is not the day for fanciful glassware. Instead, grab a cold can from the case, throw it in a koozie, and drink. This is the holiday for everyone who truly enjoys the subtle metallic bite of a good beer straight from the can.
National Brandy Alexander Day, January 31
We’ve got nothing against this Cognac
-based dessert drink, but it seems unnecessary in this day and age to devote an entire day to it. Find us someone who waits with bated breath all year until they can finally go all out on Brandy Alexander Day and we’ll reconsider our stance.
National Body Shot Day, February 27
We’re not sure how the creators of this holiday landed on February 27, but honestly no day seems quite right for a body shot. It’s just not worth risking belly button lint getting mixed into the shot—not to mention how unsanitary the whole thing is. Just say no.
National Bock Beer Day — March 20
Grab your beer stein and don a pair of horns because on Bock Beer Day dressing like a billy goat is highly encouraged. Centuries ago, German
bock beer—a sweet, strong brew from Einbeck—became known as ein Bock
(meaning “billy goats”) in Bavaria thanks to the regional accent. Now, the goats are often featured on the labels of bock beer, providing a little zany inspiration for celebrating the holiday.
National Moonshine Day, June 5
Like those who celebrate Christmas
in July, bootleggers get a winter and summer holiday. That means we never have to go more than six months without an excuse to drink some good ol’ white lightning
National Anisette Day, July 2
The licorice-like flavor of anise is polarizing—especially in the U.S.—so it’s odd that the liqueur gets an entire day of celebration. It is more popular outside of the States, though, especially in Spanish-speaking
and Mediterranean countries. If nothing else, use it as an opportunity to toast your fellow drinkers abroad.
Legal Drinking Age Day, July 21
Assuming the legal drinking age
in your state is still 21, thanks to this holiday you can toast our nation’s arbitrary drinking age restriction each summer.
National Kegger Weekend, Second Weekend in October
A good kegger might last a day, but a great kegger requires a full weekend—that’s where this holiday comes in. Though we’d be surprised if your suds last more than 24 hours, the party can’t stop until the beer stops flowing.
National Rhubarb Vodka Day, First Saturday of December
Though we’re certainly not opposed to this rather specific holiday, we have a couple of issues with it: First, rhubarb season
is in the spring. Second, there’s definitely not enough rhubarb-flavored vodka to go around.