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Get ready for a week of craft beer

By thirsty hack Ignatius Rake

Posted February 25, 2014
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May might seem like a long way off right now but American Craft Beer Week is rapidly approaching.

Time to get your diaries out, folks, because the US Brewers Association has just declared the second full week of May its ninth annual American Craft Beer Week® (ACBW).

"From May 12 to May 18, beer lovers everywhere will celebrate the craft beer revolution via hundreds of events that showcase the innovative and economic contributions of today's small and independent brewers," a BA press release sent to the Rake & Herald states.

"Across all 50 states, craft breweries, brewpubs and retail partners will host exclusive brewery tours, special beer releases, multi-course pairing dinners, collaboration beers, retail promotions and much more."

Sounds pretty good to us.

Especially the retail promotions bit.

So, any chance of a free pint then?

"With more than 2,700 craft breweries and hundreds more popping up across the country every year, the observance of ACBW is more relevant than ever," the BA says.

"It's a time to both honour and celebrate the art and tradition of small brewers."

"ACBW gives beer beginners, beer enthusiasts and beer geeks in all 50 states the chance to share the renaissance of flavourful, appealing, world-class craft beer produced by American small businesses – the backbone of this country."

"Last year, more than 55,000 beer lovers were part of the FaceBook community and the hashtag #ACBW was used more than 26,000 times in the month leading up to and during the week," the BA continues.

"With the continued interest in and growing popularity of craft beer, this year's event is expected to be bigger and better than ever before."

Well, while we may be on the other side of the Atlantic, all here at the Rake & Herald certainly wish the BA and all who take part in this year's ACBW nothing but success.

Whether we get a free pint or not.

To find out more about this year's bash and how to get involved, visit the ACBW section of here.

In the meantime, to whet your appetite for all those brews awaiting yous, why not have a watch of the following, by jimminy?'s American Craft Beer Week from Brewers Association on Vimeo.

See also New best beer practices out, posted 9/2/14.

Ignatius Rake
is a freelance journalist and geographer who has visited more than 70 countries on six continents. A published lyricist, he has fronted punk bands in both the UK and Poland, including the only band ever to be kicked off BBC Radio Cornwall. In 2013, he represented the UK at the Fourth Annual Smoke's Poutinerie World Poutine Eating Championship in Toronto, coming an abysmal last and getting his arse royally whipped by Rake & Herald reader and world speedscarfing supremo Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut. He has been known to like a pint.

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