What is American Craft Beer Week?
American Craft Beer Week® is the nationwide celebration of U.S. small and independent craft brewers. The weeklong salute provides an opportunity for craft brewers to share their creativity and passion for the beverage they love. This year’s American Craft Beer Week will be celebrated May 13 – 19, 2019.
How can you tell if a beer is made by an independently owned craft brewer? With Big Beer acquiring formerly independent craft brewers and marketing their own “crafty” brands, it can be confusing. Look for the independent craft brewer seal on packaging, taps and menus to know for sure that your purchase supports independent American craft brewers—during American Craft Beer Week and beyond! #SeekTheSeal
Quick Hits on American Craft Beer
Brewery Count: There are 7,000 breweries in the U.S. Almost all (98%) are small and independent craft brewers.
Continued Growth for the Segment: In 2017, small and independent craft brewers grew by five percent, reflecting the dynamism and a bright spot for the domestic beer market.
Never Go Out of Styles: IPA remains the most popular style in the craft beer scene, growing 22 percent in 2016. Beer lovers are also turning to sessionable styles, including golden ales, pilsners and pale lagers.
Beercation Destinations: Learn about some of America’s most beery destinations in the #beertravel section of CraftBeer.com.
Perfect Pair: Seventy-three percent of craft beer purchasers gave “complements my meal” as a very or somewhat important selection criteria in their beer choice when dining out. Check out the CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course (there’s a professional chef and enthusiast version) to learn more about the power of beer and food.
CraftBeer.com Media Contacts
Andy Sparhawk, Craft Beer Program Digital Content Editor
Andy’s your man for all things American Craft Beer Week. Reach out to him for more craft beer stats, help with a story angle and possible ACBW celebration ideas. Email Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org, or connect with him on Instagram and Twitter.