American Craft Beer Week — Yeah!

Posted: May 22, 2011 in Commentary, Stuff about beer, Uncategorized

So, they tell us that this week is American Craft Beer WeekWe think American Craft Beer is great and  certainly worth celebrating, but we’re not sure that we need a Congressionally declared period of time to acknowledge it. After all, Congress has lots of so-called commemorative days, weeks, months and even years for all sorts of worthy and silly things. But what the hey. Let’s celebrate.

The Beermudgeon truly believes that this is the Golden Era of craft brewing in America. One needs look no farther than his own area in Metropolitan Washington D.C. to see the boom, with Port City Brewing up and running in Alexandria, DC Brau just out of the starting blocks in the District and DC’s Chocolate City and Ashburn’s Lost Rhino just around the corner, plus establishment players such as Flying Dog (Frederick, Md.), Heavy Seas (née Clipper City, Baltimore), Blue & Gray (Fredericksburg, Va.) and Legend (Richmond, Md.). Not to mention fantastic brewpubs such as Mad Fox (Falls Church, Va.), Sweetwater Tavern (three Virginia locations), Franklin’s (Hyattsville, Md.), DuClaw (four Maryland locations) … you get the picture.

In just the last couple months,  the Beermudgeon has been happy to meet with recent startup American brewers Evolution Craft Brewing Co. (2 years old, Delmar, Del.), Epic Brewing Co. (1 year old, Salt Lake City, Utah) and the aforementioned newbie Port City, not to mention a stalwart of 15 years, Victory Brewing Co. (Downingtown, Pa.). In just a couple weeks, I’m hoping to meet with many, many more at the 2011 edition of SAVOR in Washington, D.C. But, suffice it to say, love of brewing and the American entrepreneurial spirit are alive and well.

Let’s all raise a glass in honor of American Craft Beer Week, but let’s not stop there. As far as the Beermudgeon is concerned, every week is American Craft Beer Week!

Cheers!

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