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National Free Beer Movement Weekend 2013

Soccer newbies demand you buy them a beer.

This Sunday is "National Beer Day," the unofficial holiday in which Americans celebrate the return of delicious beer and spirits to the nation's bars and stores with the end of Prohibition in 1933.

Millions of Americans lined up at their local bars, pubs, and taverns ("New Beer's Eve") awaiting this moment when at twelve midnight they could drink again without fear of their suds confiscated or their speak-easys shut down. Happy days were here again. (In fact, 4,207 liquor licenses were issued in Milwaukee alone on April 7th!)

To celebrate the resurrection of beer drinking in the United States we are encouraging each American soccer fan to exercise that Constitutional right to drink beer and do it this weekend at a soccer game with a soccer newbie.

Celebrate "National Beer Day" by making this weekend "National Free Beer Movement Weekend".

Without the repeal of the 18th Amendment we wouldn't have delicious, delicious beer. And without said beer we wouldn't have the greatest motivator in the world to build American soccer.

This weekend when you're attending a Major League Soccer game or a North American Soccer League game or a USL PRO game or any live game... bring a friend. When you're watching English Premier League match Saturday and Sunday mornings.... bring a co-worker. When you're pulling up a seat to any soccer game that's live on on TV anywhere in this great nation or from anywhere in the world.... save a seat for a family member.

All of these people, in all of these situations, are potential soccer fans and they just need the proper setting, the proper education, and the proper brew, all provided by you, for them to be exposed to the wonderful world of soccer.

This is the perfect weekend to participate. All across Europe there are matches that will make-or-break title contenders and games that will decide the survival of other clubs. And, of course, in our domestic league, the love of our life, the MLS season (and the NASL is kicking off) is in full swing. First Kick has come and gone, but the newness of the season is still alive. Every team is still alive and optimism still reigns supreme.

There are tailgates galore to grab a brew, bars abound ready to fill your pint, and fridges fully stocked to host a gang so why not bring a few new fresh faces along and expose them to the beautiful game?

We want your to share your beers and buds with us. Share the beers you're drinking across the country and the friends that you're introducing soccer to with us.

Tweet or Facebook us with your photos of FBM in action this weekend, National Free Beer Movement Weekend 2013.


Cheers!

Historical Note: For many beer nerds, December 5th is the ultimate Prohibition-ending holiday called "Repeal Day" in honor of the final necessary 2/3rds of states (Utah, of all places) ratifying the 21st Amendment. For the Free Beer Movement we're going with this day to honor when President Franklin D. Rooesvelt signed Cullin-Harrison Act became law, official ending the failed Prohibition experiment and allowing beer and other alcohol to flow freely again. Also, since this date falls during the MLS season it makes even more sense.

Tags: Beer, FBM In Action, Major League Soccer, North American Soccer League, Public Service Announcement

Wrong Side of the Pond’s American Soccer Pub Atlas

 

We've partnered with the American soccer blog, Wrong Side of the Pond, to help promote and contribute to their "American Soccer Pub Atlas" project. Certainly there are several listings out there (some pay-for-play and others, incomplete), but WSOTP's project is grassroots, crowd-sourced, and more specific than any other out there today.

Want soccer fans across the United States to be able to find soccer-safe-zones? Places where newbies can be introduced into the American soccer wild? Find a pub on the map for yourself and your newbies. Your local watering hole not on there? Contribute to the map as well.

All of this can be found on Free Beer Movement's "Resources" page. Not only do we have the Pub Atlas, but loads of other beer and soccer links for every FBMer from newbie to expert.

Last, but not least, check out Wrong Side of the Pond.

Tags: FBM In Action, News, Public Service Announcement

Today’s The Day….

Remember me? (Photo Credit: ISIPhotos.com)

Editor's Note: This is our "get fired up" post for US international matches. We re-post it for every US match. Share it with your friends.

Today's the day the U.S. Men's National Team takes the field in a World Cup qualifier on their road to Brazil 2014.

Today's the day they face Antigua and Barbuda in North Sound, Antigua.

Today's the day we take the win and move on to the next match.

Today's the day that Howard will shine, Dempsey will lead, goals will be scored, and timely tackles will be made.

Today's the day we sit down with friends and fellow soccer fans and cheer on our team.

Today's the day we invite someone new to come along and experience the power of a soccer match.

Today's the day they'll get a free cold one to enjoy while watching the sport we so desperately love and the team we'd follow to the ends of the earth (or Brazil!).

Today's the day we ask a non-soccer fan to join our footballing family.

The Free Beer Movement is about spreading the love of American soccer to all corners of the nation and no day is better than today. Today, the pride and joy of our nation's game takes the field in order to continue its push towards the greatest sporting spectacle of all-time, the World Cup.

The past, present, and future of American soccer all take the field today to join in one cause, to win, and to move on to the next level.

It is days like this we, as American soccer fans embrace, as our national team fights for our country's continued respect on the international stage and to stake a claim as the best team in North and Central America.

Games like today are bigger than any game; bigger than any MLS game, and bigger than your son or daughter's kick around in the park.

Our local colors blend. There are no more yellow and black of the Columbus Crew or orange and white of the Houston Dynamo or the black and red of DC United; today there is only RED, WHITE, and BLUE.

These are the days that our nation's best and brightest shine on the field for 90 minutes. For themselves, for soccer, but mostly for you... the American fan and their country... the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

These are the days that you have to get up as a soccer fan in America.

So grab you friends, grab those soccer fans, grab those ones you want to become soccer fans, and most importantly grab some really cold beers because today's the day we support our National Team and our national game we love so much.

Tags: American Outlaws, News, Public Service Announcement, USMNT

National Free Beer Movement Weekend 2012

Soccer newbies demand you buy them a beer
 
 

This Saturday is "National Beer Day," the unofficial holiday in which Americans celebrate the return of delicious beer and spirits to the nation's bars and stores with the end of Prohibition in 1933.

Millions of Americans lined up at their local bars, pubs, and taverns ("New Beer's Eve") awaiting this moment when at twelve midnight they could drink again without fear of their suds confiscated or their speak-easys shut down. Happy days were here again. (In fact, 4,207 liquor licenses were issued in Milwaukee alone on April 7th!)

To celebrate the resurrection of beer drinking in the United States we are encouraging each American soccer fan to exercise that Constitutional right to drink beer and do it this weekend at a soccer game with a soccer newbie.

Celebrate "National Beer Day" by making this weekend "National Free Beer Movement Weekend".

Without the repeal of the 18th Amendment we wouldn't have delicious, delicious beer. And without said beer we wouldn't have the greatest motivator in the world to build American soccer.

This weekend when you're attending a Major League Soccer game... bring a friend. When you're watching English Premier League match Saturday and Sunday mornings.... bring a co-worker. When you're pulling up a seat to any soccer game that's live on on TV anywhere in this great nation or from anywhere in the world.... save a seat for a family member.

All of these people, in all of these situations, are potential soccer fans and they just need the proper setting, the proper education, and the proper brew, all provided by you, for them to be exposed to the wonderful world of soccer.

This is the perfect weekend to participate. All across Europe there are matches that will make-or-break title contenders and games that will decide the survival of other clubs. And, of course, in our domestic league, the love of our life, the MLS season (and the NASL is kicking off) is in full swing. First Kick has come and gone, but the newness of the season is still alive. Every team is still alive and optimism still reigns supreme.

There are tailgates galore to grab a brew, bars abound ready to fill your pint, and fridges fully stocked to host a gang so why not bring a few new fresh faces along and expose them to the beautiful game?

We want your to share your beers and buds with us. Share the beers you're drinking across the country and the friends that you're introducing soccer to with us. 
 
Tweet or Facebook us with your photos of FBM in action this weekend, National Free Beer Movement Weekend 2012.
 
Cheers!

Historical Note: For many beer nerds, December 5th is the ultimate Prohibition-ending holiday called "Repeal Day" in honor of the final necessary 2/3rds of states (Utah, of all places) ratifying the 21st Amendment. For the Free Beer Movement we're going with this day to honor when President Franklin D. Rooesvelt signed Cullin-Harrison Act became law, official ending the failed Prohibition experiment and allowing beer and other alcohol to flow freely again. Also, since this date falls during the MLS season it makes even more sense.

Get the NEW Free Beer Movement "Pint Glass" shirt! Only from Objectivo.com

Tags: Beer, FBM In Action, Public Service Announcement

FBM Public Service Announcement - Don’t Drink Green Beer

FBM Public Service Announcement - Don’t Drink Green Beer
 

Don't make make a mistake by going with Green.

Tomorrow you're going to wake up and really want a beer. Not that it's all the different than any other day for most of us, but for some terrible reason you're going to feel compelled to throw out common sense and really want  a green beer.

Resist the urge. Please.

Hopefully, you, dear reader, spend the other 364 (or in the case of this year, 365) days of the rest embracing the deliciousness, creativity, and authenticity of craft beer. If you don't, and you spend most of your days drinking macro-brews, you're not the worst person in the world (come on... that's Hitler) then well you can't be helped.

But if you do love your quality craft beer then, please don't be mesmerized by the siren song (or peer pressure) by the marketing gimmick of a "St. Patrick's Day" green beer. You don't like Irish folk dance (maybe you do..) and you might even turn the dial away after hearing U2 for the millionth time tomorrow so why would a little food coloring make a Miller Lite of Budweiser any more tolerable?

Save yourself. Save your friends. Save some strangers. Avoid the urge to drink green beer. Unless of course you've got a craft brewer that makes an authentic green brew (Freetail Brewing Company in San Antonio makes a Spirulina Wit, a naturally green beer).

Find an Irish Stout, a Irish Red, a Guinness in a pinch. If truly lost... drink a bunch of whiskey.

Or try a truly "green beer" in Sierra Nevada. The sixth-largest brewery in the nation is completely self-sustaining and has won California's premier environmental award for businesses five-years running. Even when "craft beer" is hard to find in bars... Sierra Nevada usually can be.

This St. Patty's Day... be crafty like a leprechaun.

Get the NEW Free Beer Movement "Pint Glass" shirt! Only from Objectivo.com

Tags: Public Service Announcement