American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) is May 13-19, 2013, and is, of course, brought to you by the Brewerís Association. As the group says on its web site, the purpose of the week is “to celebrate the ever advancing beer culture here in the U.S. Plus, tens of thousands of todayís beer beginners, beer enthusiasts, and hard core beer geeks make time to toast the week.”
I thought Iíd share some ideas about how to celebrate this festive week. However, regardless of how you celebrate, remember, drink your favorite brew in moderation. Just because itís Craft Beer Week, try not to make it an excuse to over indulge.
Buy local craft beers. Go to your favorite tap room, local brewery, or restaurant and enjoy your local beers. Many are offering brewery tours, releasing special vintages, or even hosting new release parties during the week.
Go to an ACBW “official” event or events. Check the list to see whatís near you. You might want to attend one of the nationwide premieres of the new documentary “Crafting a Nation.” The film “tells the story of how the American Craft Brewers are rebuilding the economy one beer at a time.”
I live in LA and have the advantage of having a craft beer shuttle to take me to events. While you might not have that in your local area, you can create your own “shuttle” by designating a driver or different drivers. After all, itís a week-long celebration, and there will be plenty of chances for everyone to sample their own favorites.
Have your own craft beer tasting. Host an at-home tasting featuring craft beer from local or small producers. Invite your friends to bring some of their favorites and discover great new brews together. Not sure what pairs well together? Thereís a page for that. You can even download your own tasting mat, so your guests can keep track of what they are sampling.
Organize a Toast To American Craft Beer Week. Have your own gathering for the inaugural national ACBW toast. †Join other craft beer lovers and raise your glass or growlers on Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. Central Time.
Test your craft beer knowledge or test your friendís knowledge by taking the ACBW quiz. Why not make it a competition to not only see who in your group is truly the biggest beer geek, but who gets to buy the next round?