Nothing celebrates craft beer better than a well-attended beer festival. It’s the perfect time to taste great craft beers and talk to the brewer about their beers. Unfortunately, time, family commitments, and the economy don’t always allow you to travel to your favorite beer festival.
The solution? Celebrate American Craft Beer Week May 17 -23, 2010. Started in 2006 by the Brewers Association to promote small American craft brewers and their flavorful microbrews, American Craft Beer Week is now endorsed by the U.S. Congress and comedian Stephen Colbert. In 2009, more than 200 breweries formally participated in this “Mother of All Beer Weeks”.
Who is participating?
Craft brewers, craft beer breweries, homebrewers, beer enthusiasts, beer distributors, and beer retailers will all be making American craft beers their center of attention during this special beer week. Many cities in the USA are also having official “Beer Weeks” during American Craft Beer Week. To find a beer week in your area, visit the events schedule.
Where is it held?
Craft breweries around the United States will hold special events at their breweries to showcase their microbrews and their brewery. A few microbreweries will be opening their doors for the first time during American Craft Beer Week. To find out what’s happening at a brewery close to you, check your states information on American Craft Beer Week.org.
What can you expect?
American Craft Beer Week participants can expect special brewery tours, new beer releases, brewery openings, special beer festivals, homebrewing focus events, and dinners with beer food pairings.
New Brewery Openings– Epic Brewing Company (UT), Fullsteam Brewery (NC), and Strange Brewing Company (CO).
Special Craft Beer Festivals – Central Coast Brewing (CA), Iron Hill Brewery (PA), and Rogue Ales (OR).
New American Craft Beer Releases by – Avery Brewing, Bell’s Brewery, Cigar City Brewing, Freetail Brewing, Full Sail Brewing, Limestone Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, TableRock Brewpub, and many more.
For the full list of events and participants, visit www.AmericanCraftBeerWeek.org
Win tickets to the Great American Beer Festival
If you are one of the first 20,000 people to ‘Like” the American Craft Beer Week Facebook page, you’ll be entered into a drawing for two tickets to all four sessions of the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO on Sept. 16-18, 2010.
“This isn’t one of those fake holidays…No, this is officially sanctioned by congress, as of 2006. Which in my book makes it the equal to the separation of church and state.” -Steven Colbert, May 18, 2008
American Craft Beer Week
May 17-23, 2010
Facebook: American Craft Beer Week