A celebration of all things malty begins today.
Industries have their ups and downs, but there are some that have been on the upswing for a long time and one of them is the American craft brewing industry. Since its renaissance in the early 1980’s, craft breweries and brewpubs have exploded in number and now total more thn 1,700 nationwide. The growing popularity of craft beer has prompted the creation of a new excuse to celebrate: American Craft Beer Week, a celebration that is now six years old.
What can you expect?:
American Craft Beer Week runs from May 16 through May 22 in 2011 and because it is intended as a celebration of craft beer, hundreds of craft breweries will be hosting special events, offering special promotions, and hosting additional tours. Breweries, however, are not the only places involved. Local beer bars and restuarants are also in on the action, with a good percentage of them promoting different brands of craft beer during this important week.
How Widespread is the Celebration?:
According to official sources, the 2011 American Craft Beer Week is going to be the most successful to date. There is an official celebration in every one of the fifty U.S. states, marking the first time that every part of the country is promoting American Craft Beer Week or celebrating craft beer in some way. American Craft Beer Week even has a special page on Facebook with more than 30,000 thirsty fans.
Where can I go to learn more?:
Check the web page of your local breweries, brewpubs, and beer bars for American Craft Beer Week festivities. Another good resource is the web site craftbeer.com. It contains background information on American Craft Beer Week along with news and links to celebrations. You may also like to visit the Brewers Association, which is the group responsible for creating the concept of American Craft Beer Week in 2005.
American Craft Beer Week is now officially recognized by the U.S. Congress. With an endorsement at such a high level of governance, doesn’t it make sense to follow the law and toast your favorite craft beer? There will be plenty of opportunities this week at breweries and beer bars everywhere, so make sure to set aside time to pay homage to your favorite malt beverage and the individuals who have helped the craft brewing industry become what it is today.