For the twelfth consecutive year, the Brewers Association has declared American Craft Beer Week (ACBW), a nationwide celebration of the small and independent craft brewers that make America’s beer culture so exceptional. The weeklong celebration provides a platform for craft brewers and beer lovers to celebrate craft beer. From May 15-21, brewers across all 50 states will hold events including exclusive brewery tours, special craft beer releases, food and beer pairings, tap takeovers and more.
Brewery Count: As of November 30, 2016 there were 5,005 breweries in the U.S. Almost all (99%) are small and independent craft brewers.
Continued Growth for the Segment: By mid-2016, small and independent breweries grew by eight percent, reflecting dynamism and a bright spot for the domestic beer market.
Never Go Out of Styles: IPAs continue to hop up, now accounting for roughly one-quarter of craft volume. More sessionable styles, including golden ales, pilseners and pale lagers, are up 33 percent, totaling nearly five percent of craft.
Beercation Destinations: Learn about some of America’s most beery destinations in the #beertravel section of CraftBeer.com. Travelocity also enlisted their help in 2016 to create the very first Beer Tourism Index.
Perfect Pair: 73% of craft beer purchasers gave “complements my meal”as a very or somewhat important selection criteria in their beer choice when dining out. Check out the CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course (there’s a professional chef and enthusiast version) to learn more about the power of beer and food.
Visit the official American Craft Beer Week event calendar for a full – and growing – list of local celebrations in all 50 states. Go here if you are a retailer who would like to add an event to the official calendar.
ACBW provides hundreds of thousands of beer lovers the opportunity to visit and support their local brewery and beer businesses. It’s the perfect time to recognize the ingenuity of the small and independent craft breweries that have made America’s beer culture the richest in the world.
The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer CupSM, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewermagazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers