I'm grateful for beer. Especially hearty, hoppy India Pale Ales. I'm grateful for the friends new and old that I enjoy them with, the people who serve my beer, the brewers who brew it, the farmers that grow the grains and hops and everyone else involved in getting the beer from grain to my glass.
The connection between humans and beer goes back more than 5,000 years and some anthropologists have theorized that early hunter-gatherers settled to grow grain with the express purpose of making beer. At one time, brewing was carried out in almost every household as a way of producing a nutritious and mildly intoxicating beverage that was consumed with every meal. In more recent years, the explosive growth of small craft breweries has made the early 21st century perhaps the greatest time in all of human existence to be a beer drinker.
Cheers to Beer!