Wednesday, May 4, 2011

American Craft Beer Week Coming This Month on May 16 - 22, 2011


The mission of American Craft Beer Week (May 16-22, 2011) is to encourage beer lovers everywhere to celebrate the accomplishments of America's small and independent craft brewers.


In 2006, the Brewers Association recognition of American Beer Month, which was traditionally in July, was refocused to a weeklong coordinated effort timed to kick off the busy summer craft beer season. This program is called American Craft Beer Week. The week provides for a  manageable length of time for brewers, distributors, retailers and consumers to devote to celebrating  America's small and independent craft brewers;  their success they have ganered by being integral parts of their local community and reshaping how beer is seen in the US, today.

The Declaration of Beer Independence has been an integral part of American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) since 2009. It has been signed and shared by tens of thousands of passionate and thirsty beer lovers, hung on the walls of brewery tap rooms across the country, and even carried through the halls of Congress. It also can be seen on display in forward thinking retail establishments, further confirming the importance of diversity in the beer marketplace.  Read the Declaration document.

Here is some of what will be taking place locally to celebrate American Craft Beer Week.

Craggie Brewing & Cafe' Azalea 5 Course Beer Dinner
Cafe' Azalea, 1011 E. Tunnel Road, Asheville, North Carolina
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05.16.11

Celebrate American Craft Beer Week @ Thirsty Monk
Thirsty Monk, 92 Patton Ave, Asheville, North Carolina, 28801
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05.16.11 – 05.22.11

See what all the brewers and beer lovers in the Asheville Brewers Alliance are doing and support our local beer heritage.

Asheville Brewing Company
Bruisin' Ales
Brews Cruise
Craggie Brewing Company
French Broad Brewing Company
Green Man Brewing Company
Highland Brewing Company
Lexington Avenue Brewery
Oyster House Brewing
Wedge Brewing Company
Appalachian Craft Brewery
Catawba Valley Brewing Company
Heinzelmannchen Brewing Company
Nantahala Brewing Company
Pisgah Brewing Company
MALT

Another way to support local beer is to vote in the Beer City, USA poll 2011.  This is the third year for the online poll created by Charlie Papazian in 2009.  Asheville, North Carolina was named Beer City East, USA in 2009; Beer City, USA in 2010 and is coming out of the gate very strong for the 2011 poll with over 70% of the votes as of Wednesday morning, May 4, 2011.

However you vote, take part in the poll and support American Craft Beer.

Vote now.

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