It’s time to start stocking up on your favorite craft beers because this week, May 11 to 17, is American Craft Beer Week!
What is American Craft Beer Week (ACBW)?
This annual, nationwide event celebrates small and independent US craft breweries, which this year is more important than ever. Due to COVID-19, many small craft breweries are at risk of closing. In fact, in a poll for independent breweries distributed earlier this month, nearly half of the respondents said they might be forced to shut down permanently if coronavirus related issues drag on for more than a few months.
This event is run by the Brewers Association, which can be found at the BrewersAssociation.org website. The people in the Brewers Association work tirelessly to promote small independent US breweries, taprooms, and brewpubs. Right now on their site you can find a state-by-state list of breweries that are currently offering beer delivery, beer to go, or alternative forms of sales.
In the past decade, the number of microbreweries in America has grown to over 8000, and as a whole are responsible for providing more than 161,000 full and part time jobs. US craft breweries are job creators, and places for the community to come together, so it is important to keep them up and running.
What to Expect During ACBW?
Just as everything else has been, you can expect the celebration of American Craft Beer Week to be online and virtual this year. Although it may be online, the coronavirus pandemic isn’t going to stop us from celebrating one of the greatest creations known to man, delicious craft beer! While we must stay apart for the time being, we stand together as lovers of craft beer, so drink up, cheers a pint, and support your favorite breweries.
What You Can Do to Support?
To help your favorite craft breweries, and make sure they don’t go out of business in this difficult time, here are a few things you can do to help:
• Give the gift of craft beer through delivery, beer to go, or other forms of sales. If you don’t buy from these small breweries, a good portion of their beer will end up being dumped. And come on, who doesn’t want craft beer as a gift?
• Purchase gift cards or other merchandise from independent brewery businesses. Buy a new brewery shirt to wear during ACBW or a fun pint glass to enjoy your beers out of. Or, buy yourself a gift card; it’s like a little gift you will appreciate when everything returns to normal. Support now, enjoy later.
• Donate to the GoFundMe campaign, Believe in Beer Relief. This money will be available to breweries and state guilds that demonstrate immediate need for financial assistance as a result of the coronavirus.
By signing up for our Craft Beer Club is another way you can help support these small craft breweries! We only feature small, microbrewries across the country who are too small to distribute their awesome brews across the country. Spread the word, and encourage others to support craft breweries on social media by using the hashtag #GiveCraftBeer.