American Craft Beer Week

“Beer It Forward”

American Craft Beer Week begins today, and part of this year’s celebration is #BeerItForward. The Brewers Association explains:

The idea of Beer It Forward is not new–it’s “Pay it Forward,” but with craft beer. Many beer lovers use it to highlight good deeds, like covering the cost of a beer as an act of kindness or someone including more beers in a beer trade than were necessary. Beer it Forward promotes doing good, simply, honestly, without an expectation of reciprocation and with the hope that the act will be passed down the line.

Many craft brewers exemplify this ideal every single day. They believe in the value of community and giving back, supporting causes from veterans to homelessness to a cleaner environment. That’s why this American Craft Beer Week, the theme #beeritforward is directed to the rest of our fine beer community. How can you brighten the lives of others through craft beer? A random act of kindness could be as simple as buying someone a beer. Not only will you be championing small, authentic craft brewers in celebration of their commitment to us, but you’ll be doing so much more.

Beer…By the Numbers

  • Days until American Craft Beer Week opens: 11.
  • Facebook “likes” for American Craft Beer Week: more than 65,000.
  • Attendees at this year’s Craft Brewers Conference in Portland, Oregon: 11,500.
  • Exhibitors at this year’s CBC: 600.
  • Craft beer’s market share in Oregon retail stores: 36.7 percent.
  • Oregon-made craft beer’s share of the state’s beer market: 20 percent.
  • New York State’s brewery count in January 2015: 207.
  • Its brewery count in 2012: 95.
  • Craft brewing’s estimated economic impact on New York State: $3.5 billion.
  • Recommended maximum number of drinks per week for men in the U.S.: 21.
  • Recommended maximum for men in Australia: 35.
  • Beer Store outlets in Ontario: 466.
  • Ontario grocery stores that will be permitted to sell six-packs of beer: around 500.
  • Total production of Bell’s Pumpkin Peach Ale: 48 bomber bottles.
  • Cost of a bottle of Pumpkin Peach Ale: $20.
  • What, You Haven’t Voted Yet?

    Even though spring is slow in coming this year, it’s almost time for American Craft Beer Week. And that means another election for this year’s Beer City USA.

    Last year, Asheville, North Carolina, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, were declared co-winners. Both of those cities, along with 16 others, are already on the ballot for 2013. Beer lovers are invited to nominate other deserving cities in a “primary election”. Cities that get at least 400 votes will be added to the ballot, and voting closes at 11:59 pm (Mountain Standard Time) tomorrow.

    American Craft Beer Week

    Circle May 16 through 22 on your calendar. Those are the dates for the sixth, and biggest-ever, American Craft Beer Week. The event, described as “The Mother of All Beer Weeks,” provides a platform for craft breweries to salute their supporters and form a connection with their communities. Last year’s ACBW attracted 341 breweries that hosted 621 events at multiple retailers in 45 states, and the Brewers Association expects an even bigger celebration this year.

    Check out the lineup of events on the ABCW website.

    And check out the Brewers Association’s video. It’s free, but you have to provide your own beer and snacks.


    Cheers! It’s American Craft Beer Week

    American Craft Beer Week kicks off today. Sponsored by the Brewers Association, “the mother of all beer weeks” will be celebrated by dozens of establishments across the country (find one near you on the Brewers Association’s events listing). While you’re at it, don’t forget to read the Declaration of Beer Independence. And by all means, treat yourself–and a friend–to a pint of American craft beer.

    House Resolution Honors Craft Brewers

    American Craft Beer Week is coming soon, and to mark the occasion, U.S. Representative Betsy Markey (D-CO) has introduced House Resolution 1297, which honors the nation’s craft brewers and their contributions to the economy–not to mention the palates of millions of beer lovers. Co-sponsors of the resolution are Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Russ Carnahan (D-MO), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Jared Polis (D-CO), Denny Rehberg (R-MT), and David Wu (D-OR).

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