It’s American Craft Beer Week


Are you drinking an American craft beer this week? Are you sure? What makes it American? Brewed by Americans? Brewed by a company that is wholly owned by Americans? Physically brewed in the 48 contiguous states, Alaska, Hawaii, or a territory/protectorate?

acbw15_fbbadge_1Once you determine it is somehow American, next you would want to verify it as truly “craft”. The Brewers Association has set some requirements for what can be classified as craft and entered into craft brewing competitions, to whit:


Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships.


Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer.


A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.

The easy way to do this is to go to a small brewery near you. There are 3,400 of them in the United States now. If you are buying the beer at a store, ask the person who orders the stuff which beers are American AND Craft. If he/she points you to a Budweiser, run, screaming, from that store.

Here is a list of events for each of the 50 states this week. Follow this and you should have a very good chance of successfully celebrating American Craft Beer Week.


Bob Shoemaker

Grew up in Renton, WA. Writer. Photographer. Homebrewer. Woodworker. Beer lover. UW grad. - 14 years in Marketing and Advertising communications - 16 years in technical product support, quality, loyalty, support analyst - 12 years as communications business owner