This isn’t one of those fake holidays…No, this is officially sanctioned
by congress, as of 2006. Which in my book makes it the equal to
the separation of church and state.
–Steven Colbert, May 18, 2008
All kidding aside, American Craft Beer Week has really taken off since it began in 2006! Here’s a brief history of the event, blatantly stolen from the Brewer’s Association website. (No sense in me reinventing the wheel here, right?)
In 2006, the Brewers Association’s American Beer Month, which was held in July, was changed into a week-long effort in May; timed just before the busy summer beer season. Immediately, the week became the largest national effort focusing on American craft brewers, and remains so today. Since 2006, this national beer week has logged thousands of events and two U.S. Congress Resolutions have been passed supporting the goals and ideas of ACBW.
That’s pretty cool, but what does it mean to you? Well, hopefully it means that you’ll be able to celebrate American craft beer by supporting your local craft brewers. Let them know you appreciate their work, and that you’ll travel far and wide for their beer, and even pay a little bit more for it. Maybe even sign the “Declaration of Beer Independence”
Check out the ACBW calendar to see what might be available in your area, and let us know if you’re planning on participating!