Christmas. Thanksgiving. Bastille Day. Certain times of the year hold a special place in our hearts and minds (and, oh yeah, our stomachs). At Craft Brewing Business, American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) is more than just one day. It’s an entire week of celebrations dedicated to craft beer — and it’s like having Christmas, Halloween and St Patty’s Day rolled into one delicious-long kegger. And it’s not just us. There are similar celebratory craft beer events are planned throughout the 50 states.
From May 13-19, craft beer connoisseurs and beginners alike will come together for the eighth annual celebration of ACBW. With the tagline “Big Week, Small Breweries,” ACBW is an opportunity to toast the more than 2,400 small and independent American craft brewers who continue to make the United States the world’s most badass brewing destination.
“The popularity of American Craft Beer Week is indicative of the craft beer renaissance that continues to captivate the U.S.,” said Julia Herz, publisher of CraftBeer.com and craft beer program director at the Brewers Association. “This week is about uniting for a common cause: support and celebration of our nation’s small and independent brewers and the millions of beer lovers who have helped evolve an industry and put the U.S. on the brewing map.”
New for 2013 is the American Craft Beer Week National Toast. We did a similar toast in early May 4, celebrating one of America’s fastest growing hobbies — National Homebrew Day. That worldwide event brought together thousands of homebrewers from around the globe, all brewing the same beers, and highlighted by a toast at noon Central Time on May 4. For the first time ever, ACBW will be commemorated by a simultaneous toast. At 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, May 16, small brewers and craft beer lovers nationwide will raise a glass of their favorite craft brewed beer to toast ACBW and the delicious beer that it celebrates. To find a toast location near you, visit the official American Craft Beer Week events page, hosted by CraftBeer.com. Untappd, the mobile-based social network that connects breweries with craft beer lovers, is also offering an American Craft Beer Week Badge for users who check-in during ACBW events.
Additionally, craft beer fans from across the country can sign the American Craft Beer Week Manifesto, pledging their support to craft beer and their love for “the artisans who approach their craft with originality, dedication and passion.” From tap takeovers and tasting tours to food pairings and festivals, ACBW will be celebrated in many ways across the United States. To find a local celebration, event or promotion, visit the above-mentioned ACBW events page. A selection of scheduled 2013 celebrations includes:
American Craft Beer Week National Toast
Coast to Coast Toast to Craft Beer with Stone Brewing Co.; Westerly, R.I.
ACBW Coast to Coast Toast at Iron Horse Taproom; Washington, D.C.
American Craft Beer Week Toast at Howells & Hood; Chicago
Coast to Coast Toast to Boulder’s Craft Beer Phenomenon; Boulder, Colo.
Gritty McDuff’s Brewpub 25th Anniversary Celebration; Portland, Maine
Mayflower Brewing Co. 4th Annual Open House; Plymouth, Mass.
Anaheim Brewery Founder’s Day; Anaheim, Calif.
5th Annual Short’s to Short’s Paddle; Bellaire, Mich.
Meet the Brewers of the San Francisco Brewers Guild; San Francisco
Rahr & Sons Summertime Wheat Glass Night; Dallas
Right Brain Brewery — ACBW Firkin’ Friday; Traverse City, Mich.
Craft Beer Festivals
3rd Annual Ameri-CAN Canned Craft Beer Festival; Scottsdale, Ariz.
HopFest Kansas City 2013; Kansas City, Mo.
Brewers Association of MD “Maryland Craft Beer Festival”; Frederick, M.D.
2013 Wort Transformation Awards Ceremony; Papillion, Neb.
Third Annual Brews with Attitude Craft Beer Festival; Tampa, Fla.
Third EVER Mother’s Day Festival; Springfield, Mo.
Wheatstock; Lincoln Park, Mich.
Food and Beer Events
American Craft Beer Week — Spokane Style!; Spokane, Wash.
4 Course Dinner and Pairing Featuring Uinta Brewing Co.; Salt Lake City
Elevation Beer Co. — Chef vs. Chef; Louisville, Colo.
Knee Deep Beer Dinner at 775 Gastropub; Reno, Nevada
Beer & Cheese Tasting with Teton Valley Creamery and 460 Bread; Victor, Idaho
Craft Beer Tastings and Tours
Brewery Rickoli American Craft Beer Week Releases; Wheat Ridge, Colo.
Crow Peak Night at the Ale House; Rapid City, S.D.
Old Chicago Tap Takeover featuring Odell Brewing Co.; All Colorado Locations
Roughtail Oaked Imperial Black Rye Ale Release at Tapwerks; Oklahoma City, Okla.
Shmaltz Brewing Media Ribbon Cutting Ceremony; Clifton Park, N.Y.
Portsmouth Brewery — Brewing with Botanicals; Portsmouth, N.H.
State and Regional Beer Weeks Also Happening During ACBW
Chicago Craft Beer Week
Frederick Beer Week (M.D.)
Lexington Craft Beer Week (Ky.)
Long Island Craft Beer Week
San Antonio Beer Week
Santa Ynez Valley Beer Month (Calif.)
Seattle Beer Week
Session Beer Month
Find an expanded list of U.S. beer weeks and join the conversation on Twitter with #ACBW.
RT @CraftBrewingBiz: It’s American Craft Beer Week! CBB signs manifesto, raises pints and plans its week #ACBW http://t.co/a6n3rgqB3R