The Declaration of Beer Independence has been an integral part of American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) since 2009. It has been signed and shared by tens of thousands of passionate and thirsty beer lovers, hung on the walls of brewery tap rooms across the country, and even carried through the halls of Congress. It also can be seen on display in forward thinking retail establishments, further confirming the importance of diversity in the beer marketplace.

Show your support of American Craft Beer Week (May 11-17, 2015):

  • Bring a copy of the Declaration to an ACBW celebration for guests to share/sign.
  • Provide a copy to the owner/manager of a local retailer who doesn’t currently sell craft beer to show your support for the products of America’s breweries.
  • Share the Declaration with 20 people. By signing the Declaration, you are supporting today’s craft brewers and proving your support of something much bigger than just the craft beer in your glass.

American Craft Beer Declaration of Beer Independence

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Sample Declaration of Beer Independence Text

I declare the beer I choose to enjoy is not a commodity, but more importantly an artistic creation of living liquid history made from passionate innovators. The beer I drink furthers our culture and teaches us geography and helps to nurture a sense of community, and helps to make the world a better place, and,

I declare to practice the concept of “Informed Consumption,” seeking and deserving to know if my beer comes from a small and independent brewer or if it is owned by a large brewing company. I want to know why so many of my local beer brands are not available in many of my favorite restaurants, bars and beer stores, and I encourage beer sellers to offer a wide selection of beer styles and beer brands that includes beer from my local and regional breweries, and,

I declare American craft brewers provide flavorful and diverse American-made beers in more than 100 distinct styles that have made the United States the envy of every beer-drinking nation for the quality and variety of beers brewed. I declare that beer made by American craft brewers helps to reduce dependence on imported products and therefore contributes to balanced trade, and,