Next week marks the start of American Craft Beer Week (ACBW), a "holiday" that I am more than happy to celebrate. Founded by the Brewers Association, ACBW was created to celebrate and draw attention to small and independent craft brewers in the United States. Local beer has many of the same benefits as local food: products are not shipped across the world, local ingredients (including water) are used, and small businesses provide jobs and support the economy.
How can you celebrate ACBW? Find a brewery event near you and grab a pint of fresh, local beer. Registered events in Massachusetts include:
* Amherst Brewing Company is hosting multiple events and releasing two new beers.
* Cape Cod Beer is giving
* Harpoon Brewery will have a beer tasting on May 19th.
* Haverhill Brewery will be releasing new beers all week.
* Several breweries in the Pioneer Valley are sponsoring a 45 mile bike ride that will stop at multiple breweries (413-687-7723).
* Or raise a pint or two at a brewery near you.
What's your favorite local beer, brewery, or pub?
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