What is American Craft Beer Week?
For the 13th year in a row, the Brewers Association invites you to celebrate American Craft Beer Week®, the nationwide celebration of U.S. small and independent craft brewers. The weeklong tribute provides an opportunity for craft brewers to share their diversity, creativity and passion for the beverage they love.
From May 14 to 20, breweries, beer bars, bottle shops and restaurants will be holding events including exclusive brewery tours, special beer releases, beer and food pairings, tap takeovers and more to celebrate everything you love about America’s ever-advancing beer culture.
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!
Take the Pledge to Support Independent Craft Beer
As you embark on your journey to taste and celebrate independent craft beer during American Craft Beer Week, let us help you wear your pride (literally) on your sleeve…or lapel or hat. Take the pledge to seek the seal during American Craft Beer Week and CraftBeer.com will send you a sweet pin as our high-five.
Remember to add your photos of the independent seal to Instagram with the #seektheseal hashtag!
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Quick Hits on American Craft Beer
Brewery Count: There are 6,000 breweries in the U.S. Almost all (98%) are small and independent craft brewers.
Continued Growth for the Segment: In 2016, small and independent craft brewers grew by six 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. Travelocity also enlisted our help in 2016 to create the very first Beer Tourism Index.
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 Web Manager
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.