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What is American Craft Beer Week?

For the 12th 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 15 – 21, all 50 states will be holding events including exclusive brewery tours, special beer releases, beer and food pairings, tap takeovers and more to celebrate America’s ever-advancing beer culture.

American Craft Beer Week News

American Craft Beer Week Events

Find an Event

Beer Lovers: Retailers and breweries from every state in America will be hosting events during American Craft Beer Week. Use the ACBW event calendar to find an event in your town!

Add an Event

Retailers: Since 2006, tens of thousands of craft beer fans celebrate American Craft Beer Week. Plan an event to celebrate beer made by small and independent craft brewers  and be sure to add it to the ACBW calendar.


Quick Hits on American Craft Beer

Brewery Count Brewery Count: As of November 30, 2016 there were 5,005 breweries in the U.S. Almost all (99%) are small and independent craft brewers.

Continued Growth for the Segment: By mid-2016, small and independent breweries grew by eight percent, reflecting dynamism and a bright spot for the domestic beer market.

Beer StylesNever Go Out of Styles: IPAs continue to hop up, now accounting for roughly one-quarter of craft volume. More sessionable styles, including golden ales, pilseners and pale lagers, are up 33 percent, totaling nearly five percent of craft.

Beercation Destination Beercation Destinations: Learn about some of America’s most beery destinations in the #beertravel section of Travelocity also enlisted our help in 2016 to create the very first Beer Tourism Index.

Beer PairingsPerfect Pair: 73% 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 Beer & Food Course (there’s a professional chef and enthusiast version) to learn more about the power of beer and food.

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Andy Sparkhawk

Andy Sparhawk, Craft Beer Program Web Manager

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Jess Baker, Editor in Chief

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