11 May 2009 @ 9:35 AM 

So what the eff is that? A fair question.

It is the result of House Resolution 753.

Resolved, That the House of Representatives–
(1) supports the establishment of American Craft Beer Week as a celebration of the contributions that American craft brewers have made to the Nation’s communities, economy, and history; and
(2) commends American craft brewers for providing jobs, improving the balance of trade, supporting American agriculture, and educating Americans about history and culture of beer while promoting the responsible consumption of beer as a beverage of moderation.

It is your tax dollars at work. Suck on that, Prohibition!

The Brewers Association would like you to sign the Declaration of Beer Independence, but I can’t get behind it. I like its message about supporting local and regional breweries, but I don’t like that it’s got little industrial-political tinges in there. “I want to know why I can’t get more local brews on my shelves!” Well, because the local distributor is an A-B house and if they need to pull something off the shelf to put the new Sam Adams Longshot package on, chances are it’ll be a small local brew that nobody really knows about and not Bud Light with Lime. So.. I guess I know why. Or I think I know why. I don’t have to demand it. I can just go support the places that DO have good beer.

American Craft Beer Week

However! This is a week to enjoy a local beer. You! Go support your local brewery! Drink a local beer! No imports this week, Guinness 250 be damned! Go find Brewery Events in your area and hopefully you will have more luck than North Carolina which has… two! [grumble]

I guess my local establishments will have to get my patronage just on my own awesome merits as a consumer.

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