In 2006, the inaugural year of American Craft Beer Week, there were 1,460 breweries in the United States. As of the end of 2017, that number has quadrupled. Small and independent craft brewers reside in every state in the Union. Over the past several decades, the United States beer scene has gone from being a literal Monty Python joke to the most vibrant, exciting and respected beer culture in the world.
While culture is always evolving, it is important that we recognize and honor the efforts of true craft brewers during American Craft Beer Week. Can you imagine if the choice and variety of beers we enjoy today was gone?
Today, independent American craft brewers have succeeded in saving beer from homogenization, reclaimed beer’s place at the dinner table and introduced more than one generation to an age-old beverage that goes beyond simple refreshment — beyond taste even — a beverage that offers flavors and experiences as diverse as those who choose to enjoy it. A beverage that has helped to build, grow and sustain communities.
We salute the risk takers, the trailblazers and pioneers that pursued their dreams and worked tirelessly to spark this revolution.
Therefore, we celebrate American Craft Beer Week every May. We salute the risk takers, the trailblazers and pioneers that pursued their dreams and worked tirelessly to spark this revolution. We remember that many craft brewers were far ahead of their time and early missteps were lessons that those that followed were able to learn from. We recognize that not long-ago, access to the variety of craft beers we now enjoy was unfathomable. And we celebrate the beer culture we enjoy today. For all these reasons, we invite you to pledge to support independent craft brewers during American Craft Beer Week, May 14 to 20.
The success of American craft brewers has led to more than 6,000 breweries, local, regional and national craft options and the feeling that “Isn’t every week craft beer week?” It should be! In a world where few things seem genuine, independent craft brewers remain a bright and shiny beacon of authenticity.
Get a Button When You Pledge to Seek the Seal
Pledge to celebrate authentic, independent craft brewers this American Craft Beer Week. Despite all their successes, independent craft brewers remain outmatched by those who look to highjack that authenticity. How do you tell if the brewery you’re at is independent? Look for the independent craft brewer seal on their packaging, menus, t-shirts, or window pane. Take the pledge to recognize and visit true craft brewers by seeking the independent craft brewers seal. When you take the pledge, we’ll send you a snazzy button (while supplies last) to help you show off your independent craft brewer pride during American Craft Beer Week. You don’t have to wait ’til May 14 to take the pledge — sign it now.
Since you’ll be on the hunt for authentic independent craft brewers during American Craft Beer Week, why not share your adventures on social media? Use #SeektheSeal and #ACBW to show your support for craft beer. It’s easy to see how craft beer and craft brewers have had an indelible mark on American culture. Pledge to seek the seal during American Craft Beer Week, May 14 to 20.