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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 everything you love about America’s ever-advancing beer culture.

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Quick Hits on American Craft Beer

Brewery Count Brewery Count: There are more than 5,300 breweries in the U.S. Almost all (99%) 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.

Beer StylesNever 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, pilseners and pale lagers.

Beercation Destination 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.

Beer PairingsPerfect 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.


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CraftBeer.com Media Contacts

Andy Sparkhawk

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 andy@brewersassociation.org, or connect with him on Instagram and Twitter.

Jess Baker

Jess Baker, CraftBeer.com Editor in Chief

Have a story you think would be a great fit for CraftBeer.com? Jess is always on the hunt for content. Shoot her an email at jess@craftbeer.com, or connect with her Instagram and Twitter.