Hey everybody, we’re going to have a party – American Craft Beer Week May 16-22

Raise your glass of favorite IPA, amber, stout—or anything in-between—because for the first time in its six year history, American Craft Beer Week will see official events hosted in all 50 states, making it the largest-ever celebration of the more than 1,700 small and independent U.S. craft brewers responsible for the vibrant American craft beer scene. This year’s American Craft Beer Week is May 16-22, 2011.

“There’s no doubt about it—nationally, appreciation for craft brewing has reached new heights of popularity,” said Julia Herz, a spokesperson for the Brewers Association. “With celebrations in all 50 states, American Craft Beer Week has truly earned the title ‘Mother of All Beer Weeks.’”

Beer lovers nationwide will have ample opportunity to discover a new brewed delight, with special beer releases, exclusive brewery tours, multi-course food and beer pairing dinners, collaboration beers and much more. To find a local celebration visit the official American Craft Beer Week events calendar, hosted by CraftBeer.com.

The only event that I could find in Northern California is in Petaluma on May 22 fron noon to 6pm at the Lagunitas Brewery. It is the Lagunitas Beer Circus and tickets are $40. Contact Lagunitas for information on the event; I got redirected back to craftbeer.com when I clicked on the Lagunitas.com’s Craft Beer Week calendar.

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