Congress Recognizes American Craft Beer Week

Congress Recognizes American Craft Beer Week

If the fact that May 14 to May 20 marks the 13th edition of American Craft Beer Week has not been enough to get you and your beer buddies out to toast America’s incredible craft beer culture, would an act of Congress be enough for you?

May I present “Exhibit A”: House Resolution 884. The congressional resolution marks the start of American Craft Beer Week and expresses appreciation for America’s independent craft brewers.

The resolution was submitted Monday by Representatives Peter Defazio (D-OR), Patrick Henry (R-NC), Richard Neal (D-MA) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), all members of the bi-partisan Small Brewer’s Caucus.

(READ: Here is a List of the Top 50 U.S. Craft Breweries in 2017)

“Our nation’s booming craft brewing industry is not only a vibrant affirmation of the entrepreneurial traditions of the United States, they are a testament to the strength and importance of small businesses,” the members say in a statement. “With small and independent brewers in all 50 states, craft brewers make up a diverse and influential economic engine that provides jobs and supports agriculture and manufacturing across the United States.”

So, what are you waiting for? Beeline it to your favorite independent craft brewer as if it were an act of Congress, which it is. Sort of.  Need some help? Jump on the Brewery Finder to find a brewer near you. Check out the events section of the American Craft Beer Week Facebook page too. is fully dedicated to small and independent U.S. breweries. We are published by the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers. Stories and opinions shared on do not imply endorsement by or positions taken by the Brewers Association or its members.