It’s Time to Celebrate American Craft Beer Week

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Boulder, Colo. — American Craft Beer Week®, the annual springtime salute to small and independent craft breweries runs today through May 22. This year’s rallying cry is “Turn your beer world upside down” — a nod to the freewheeling spirit that craft breweries are known for.

More than two-thirds of Americans live within ten miles of a brewery, and the number of craft breweries now exceeds 9,100 nationwide. Small and independent breweries have revitalized neighborhoods and serve as essential community gathering places, while also generating more than 400,000 jobs, with nearly 14,000 directly at breweries and brewpubs.

“The pioneering craft breweries turned the beer world upside down. They believed that beer drinkers were ready to branch out from industrial lagers and explore deeper, bolder flavors,” said Ann Obenchain, Brewers Association marketing and communications director. “This revolutionary ethos persists. It’s part of the craft brewing community’s DNA. And this year’s American Craft Beer Week is all about celebrating the rulebook-tossing spirit that craft brewers share.”

Beer lovers are encouraged to share their American Craft Beer Week experiences on social media with the hashtags #AmericanCraftBeerWeek and #SeekTheSeal.

To learn more about American Craft Beer Week, visit

Contact: Meg Weldon (on behalf of the Brewers Association), 970-963-4873 x212

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About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers, and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 5,600-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The Brewers Association organizes events, including the World Beer Cup®Great American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America®National Homebrew Competition, and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® and Zymurgy® magazines, and Brewers Publications® is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at® and about homebrewing via the American Homebrewers Association®. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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