For the weeklong 11th annual celebration honoring the country’s small and independent craft breweries known as American Craft Beer Week which happened May 11-17 of this year, Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) Susan Collins (R-Me.) Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced a resolution, S. Res. 188 expressing the Senate’s appreciation of the goals of the week and commending the craft brewers of the United States. The U.S. Senate passed S. Res. 188 by unanimous consent.
From May 11-17, all 50 states witnessed over 2,000 registered ACBW events, including exclusive brewery tours, special craft beer releases, food and beer pairings, tap takeovers and more, to honor the ever-advancing craft beer culture and unite tens of thousands of beer lovers nationwide.
American Craft Beer Week is all about celebrating the small independent local and national breweries that are creating some of our favorite fermented beverages. We here at DFW Craft Beer appreciate that the senate recognizes the contributions that craft brewers make to their communities and to this nation as a whole.
In addition to expressing gratitude for the goals of ACBW, the resolution recognizes the significant contributions of the craft brewers of the United States to the economy and to the communities which the craft brewers are located. The resolution also commends craft brewers for providing jobs, supporting agriculture, improving balance of trade—particularly by producing many sought-after new and unique styles ranging from smoked porters to pumpkin peach ales—and educating the country and beer lovers around the world about the history and culture of beer, while promoting legal and responsible appreciation.