What pairs well with a fresh, local meal and a warm, spring evening? Try, a local IPA from one of America’s nearly 6,000 small and independent craft breweries. If you’re looking to indulge, there’s no better time: Those craft breweries will celebrate American Craft Beer Week® May 14-20, 2018.
American Craft Beer Week celebrates the local and independent breweries and microbreweries that keep the beer industry innovative and flavorful. Now in its 13th year, American Craft Beer Week gives consumers the opportunity to experience exclusive brewery tours, special beer releases, beer and food pairings and, of course, celebratory tastings. It’s all about connecting local consumers to the beer-makers who work hard and have a passion for the industry.
The Brewers Association, which organizes American Craft Beer Week, works year-round to support those small and local breweries. The association keeps its thumb on the pulse of the craft beer market, providing insights and resources for both consumers and breweries. From the looks of it, the American craft beer market is thriving: Nearly 98 percent of breweries in the United States are small and local establishments, and those small and local breweries grew by six percent in 2016, according to the Brewers Association.
You’ve likely seen the impact of this growth in your community. Breweries have become a popular weekend hangout spot for locals, as well as a popular tourist destination for visitors. These days, it seems like one of the best ways to get to know a city is through its breweries. To keep those breweries thriving, though, consumers have to recognize the value they bring to the community – and, perhaps more importantly, consumers have to be able to tell a local beer from a big-brand beer disguised as a craft beer.
Thankfully, there’s American Craft Beer Week. Enjoy the opportunity to get to know your local craft breweries and the men and women who pour their passion into the craft beer industry. Introduce a new friend to your favorite local spot. Celebrate the coming of spring and the growth of your local craft brew culture. (And please do so responsibly.)
For more information on American Craft Beer Week and to find events in your area, visit www.craftbeer.com.
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