AMERICAN (craft beer week)

Welcome, all, to American Craft Beer Week!

I’m a day late on this announcement, but only because the internet was a day late on drawing my attention to this news. According to Craftbeer.com, the official home of American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) …

ACBW will be recognized May 14 – 20, 2012 and offers an exciting opportunity for small and independent craft brewers and the community of better beer retailers to celebrate the ever advancing beer culture here in the U.S. Plus, tens of thousands of today’s beer beginners, beer enthusiasts, and hard core beer geeks make time to toast the week.

What the f**k did I tell you last week? Drinkers- especially those of beer- looove to celebrate things. Can’t say they’re reaching for it in this case, either.

Though I once worshipped the cheap stuff, smaller breweries with more complex- and admittedly slightly pricier- beers have held my hand along the transformation from frat boy to frat responsible adult.

As the focus is not only on American beer, but truly local American beer, the celebrations will obviously differ depending upon what part of the country you call home, but do a little googling and I’m sure you’ll find a bar or brewery throwing a little somethin’-somethin’.

My favorite part about ACBW isn’t the beer if that’s possible, but the surprising discovery that the United States House of Representatives has passed TWO resolutions in support of the week of recognition. And they aren’t just resolute. They are patriotic, passionate, vibrant declarations of the importance of craft beer in the United States.

True or not, embellished or maybe embellished, I don’t care. If you have ever doubted your beer love for a second, you check out what House Resolutions 753 and 1297 have to say TO YOU:

109th Congress, 2d Session, House Resolution 753 (Commending American Craft Brewers, passed in 2006):

Whereas American craft brewers are a vibrant affirmation and expression of American entrepreneurial traditions, operating as community-based small businesses and providing employment for more than 33,000 workers;

 

Whereas the United States has craft brewers in every State and more than 1,300 craft brewers nationwide;

 

Whereas American craft brewers promote the Nation’s spirit of independence through a renaissance in hand-crafted beers like those first brought to colonial shores by European settlers and produced here by the Nation’s founding father, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, for the enjoyment of the citizenry;

111th Congress, 2d Session, House Resolution 1297 (Supporting the goals and ideals of American Craft Beer Week, passed in 2010):

Whereas in 2009, 110 new breweries opened, creating jobs and improving economies in communities across the United States;

 

Whereas American craft brewers employ nearly 100,000 full- and part-time workers and generate more than $3,000,000,000 in wages and benefits;

 

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives-
…(3) encourages beer-lovers of the United States to celebrate American Craft Beer Week through events at microbreweries, brewpubs, and beer stores across the United States to appreciate the accomplishments of craft brewers.

Now, those were just excerpts (download the full versions at the ACBW website, but you get the picture. America, Beer, America, American Beer, Beer is America, Congress says drink beer.

So what are you waiting for?! Drink beer or else the FBI is coming for you! (And I know these things- I got a 4 in AP Gov (If you got a 5, I don’t wanna hear about it.))

~Don Julian

 

REFERENCES

CraftBeer.com & American Craft Beer Week: http://www.craftbeer.com/pages/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week/about

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