Today marks the first day of American Craft Beer Week (ACBW)! From May 14-20 we celebrate the more than 6300 small and independent brewers in America. This is the 13th consecutive year that CraftBeer.com, the Brewers Association’s website for beer lovers, has presented this event. All week beer enthusiasts can take part in special ACBW events including exclusive brewery tours, special beer releases, beer and food pairings, tap takeovers and more.
Seek the Seal to Celebrate ACBW
New this year, CraftBeer.com is inviting beer lovers to celebrate independent craft brewers by asking them to “seek the seal” during ACBW. Pledge to seek beers marked with the independent craft brewer seal on the CraftBeer.com ACBW page and you’ll receive an independent craft brewer seal pin to wear as a badge of your support.
“While beer lovers regularly enjoy their favorite independent craft beers, American Craft Beer Week is a special occasion that provides craft beer enthusiasts across the country with the opportunity to take part in a larger movement and unite for independence,” said Jess Baker, editor in chief, CraftBeer.com. “This year, we encourage beer lovers to seek the seal and remind them to support independent craft brewers during American Craft Beer Week.”
Since last year’s launch, more than 3400 breweries have adopted the independent craft brewer. They proudly display the seal at their businesses and on their products. By doing this they help beer drinkers easily differentiate independent craft beer from beer produced by other, non-craft companies.
This week you can also earn a special badge from Untappd, the mobile-based social network that connects breweries with craft beer lovers. Check into a craft beer brewed by an independent craft brewer this week to earn an ACBW badge. That seems like a good reason to enjoy a craft beer this week!
Craft Beer is Brewnited
To celebrate breweries being “brewnited” for independence, CraftBeer.com created the below mosaic from beer bottles and cans that feature the independent craft brewer seal.
Celebrate ACBW at a Brewery Near You
Visit CraftBeer.com’s Brewery Finder to find a participating brewery near you, then join the celebration online using #ACBW and #SeektheSeal on social media. To stay updated on American Craft Beer Week activities and other events, visit the CraftBeer.com Facebook page or hop over to the CraftBeer.com website.
Have a happy and hoppy American Craft Beer Week!
– CHEERS –