It’s American Craft Beer Week this week (May 14-20), celebrating the culture and community of craft beer, and giving breweries and beer businesses the opportunity to connect with fans. The Brewers Association, the national non-profit association of the majority of today’s U.S. breweries, puts together several events each May.
The week offers an exciting opportunity for small and independent craft brewers and the community of better beer retailers to celebrate the ever advancing beer culture here in the U.S. Plus, tens of thousands of today’s beer beginners, beer enthusiasts, and hard core beer geeks make time to toast the week.
Last year, The Declaration of Beer Independence was signed by tens of thousands of craft beer enthusiasts, there were thousands of web/Twitter mentions for #acbw, plus more than 35,000 beer lovers were part of the Facebook community with 3,500 taking the Craft Beer Champion Quiz.
In 2006, the Brewers Association’s American Beer Month, which was held in July, was changed into a weeklong effort in May; timed just before the busy summer beer season. Immediately, the week became the largest national effort focusing on American craft brewers, and remains so today. Since 2006, this national beer week has logged thousands of events and two U.S. Congress Resolutions have been passed supporting the goals and ideas of ACBW.
Here is a small timeline to show the increase in interest and participation in ACBW.
- 2006: 124 breweries hosted events and House Resolution 753 was passed by the U.S. Congress
- 2007: 150 breweries hosted events
- 2008: 168 breweries hosted events and the Declaration of Beer Independence was introduced
- 2009: 212 breweries hosted more than 500 events
- 2010: 341 breweries hosted 621 events with recognition at multiple retailers in 45 states. House Resolution 1297 was passed by the U.S. Congress
- 2011: 1,521 events posted to the official ACBW calendar in 50 states.
- 2013: May 13-19, 2013
American Craft Beer Week is just one of the many amazing beer weeks happening in the U.S. every year. Each of these events is a huge opportunity for today’s small and independent craft brewers to rally the troops, talk about their community contributions, and recognize today’s craft beer lovers who are responsible for the ever-advancing beer culture in America.