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8th May 2024

American Craft Beer Week Kicks Off Beer Season May 13-19

Boulder, Colo. May 7, 2024 — Break out the lawn chairs and dust off the coolers because American Craft Beer Week (ACBW), the annual celebration for craft beer hosted by the Brewers Association® (BA), is here to kick off the unofficial start of beer season. From May 13 through May 19, 2024, local communities everywhere will spring into taprooms and breweries around the country to celebrate and support innovations and craftsmanship in the beer community.

Craft beer is an important part of American culture and the economy. 2023 marked an all-time high of 9,761 independent craft breweries, and most Americans live within 10 miles of a craft brewery. In addition, craft brewers collectively produced 23.4 million barrels of beer and directly employed more than 191,000 people last year. Breweries are important community gathering places, acting as an emblem of our thriving country.

“Craft breweries aren’t just businesses; they’re the heartbeat of our communities, fostering connections and enriching our neighborhoods,” said Ann Obenchain, vice president of marketing and communications at the Brewers Association. “With every sip of craft beer, we’re not just tasting quality; we’re investing in the livelihoods of growers, distributors, and brewers. Let’s raise our glasses and support the local gems that make our cities and towns shine.”

To learn more about American Craft Beer Week, visit To find a brewery near you, visit the Brewers Association Brewery Finder.

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers, and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 5,000-plus U.S. breweries and more than 30,000 homebrewers. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol differentiating beers from small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events, including the World Beer Cup®Great American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®,  National Homebrew Competition, and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® and Zymurgy® magazines, and Brewers Publications® is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at® and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association®. Follow us on FacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn.

The Brewers Association is an opportunity equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 13672 and the Secretary of Labor’s rules, regulations, and appropriate orders.

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