Need another excuse to drink great amazing craft beer every day for a week? Well then, raise a glass to the Brewers Association and toast to small and independent breweries across the country throughout the ninth annual American Craft Beer Week, May 12-18, 2014.
A lot has changed in the nine years since the first American Craft Beer Week.
In 2006, when the Brewers Association first changed the event from “American Beer Month,” traditionally celebrated in July, to the weeklong version we know today, the idea was to focus events into one week to make the series more manageable, and therefore more effective. Showcasing small and independent breweries across the country, the celebration “is an exciting opportunity for craft brewers to commemorate their art and tradition with enthusiasts across the country.”
“American Craft Beer Week allows everyone to honor and toast the hard work and success of the craft beer community,” said Julia Herz, publisher of CraftBeer.com and craft beer program director at the Brewers Association.“Against many odds, craft brewers have used grassroots efforts to grow the industry one glass, one bottle, one can, one keg, one growler and one customer at a time.”
When the Brewers Association launched the program in 2006, 124 breweries participated, posting events to the American Craft Beer Week Calendar. Last year, there were over 1,200 events held in every one of the 50 states. And 2014 is fixing to be the biggest year yet.
With the sustained growth of craft beer being what it’s been the past few years, there’s a lot to celebrate no matter where in America you reside. The ACBW calendar of events is extensive and geographically diverse, providing the craft of beer ever more exposure.