American Craft Beer Week 2011: A Record-Setting Celebration!

American Craft Beer Week, the “Mother of All Beer Weeks,” has come to an end, alas. From May 16-22, beer makers and enthusiasts around the country celebrated in ways that were as creative and diverse as the beers we all enjoy.

All of us at Standing Stone Brewing Co enjoyed a full seven days of revelry, and we hope you did, too. Here are some highlights from the national happenings and our own local fiesta.

From a specialty beer tapping to a mayoral decree, from brewery tours to a pedal-powered hop farm tour, and from guest beer tappings to food and beer pairings, we packed in lots of beer-loving activities and invited the community to join us for our favorite pastime- enjoying beer! It was great to share so many great times, excellent beers and good food with friends and neighbors near and far.

We were also excited to be part of such a brewing movement. According to the Brewer’s Association, the 2011 ACBW was celebrated in all 50 states by over 1,500 small and independent craft breweries and retailers. Tens of thousands of fans signed the Declaration of Beer Independence, posted in microbreweries all over the country. It has been by far the largest celebration of ACBW since it began in 2006! We’re proud to be a part of this thriving community. Our kickoff event even made the USA Today Travel Blog, helping put Oregon and Ashland on the map for craft beer!

We tapped our newest specialty beer, Milk and Honey Ale

Bikers gather in front of SSBC to ride together to Alpha Beta Hop Farm

We proudly displayed the banner in our brewery

Of course, we took plenty of pictures to remember the week. We’re sharing some of our favorites from Standing Stone’s festivities.

Thanks to everyone who joined us in the fun! We hope these photos bring back good memories and get you excited for 2012! If you have photos of your own, feel free to post them on our Facebook page.

Mayor John Stromberg toasts ACBW with a pint after reading Ashland's Proclamation supporting ACBW

Though American Craft Beer Week has come and gone, of course there are many opportunities to enjoy fantastic craft beer. We’re already working on our next specialty beer and getting ready for more events that are just around the corner.

If you were lucky enough to get a ticket to SAVOR in Washington DC on June 3-4, you can find us pouring our Milk & Honey Ale and Pilot Rock Pale Ale there.

Medford Beer Week comes next, from June 12-18, and includes a fabulous slate of events featuring brewers from across the valley. It leads to a grand finale, the Southern Oregon Craft Brew Festival, on June 18, bringing together a dozen of the region’s best craft brewers. We’ll be there pouring your favorite Ashland microbrews!

Keep an eye on our events page to find out about these and other beer and food events we’re participating in, in the Rogue Valley and beyond.

Wherever you find yourself, we encourage you to visit independent microbreweries near you and raise a glass to beer culture in the U.S. And, mark your calendars for American Craft Beer Week 2012, May 14-20! We’re already musing about another lineup of delicious, fun ways to honor the occasion with you.

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~ by R. Koning on 05/27/2011.

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