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Celebrate American Craft Beer Week at HarpoonFest

May 17, 2012

This week is American Craft Beer Week and we’re excited to raise a toast in celebration of this great nation of craft beer.  The US is arguably the best place in the world to drink beer, and we’re proud to have been at the forefront of the craft beer movement. When Harpoon Ale was released in 1987, people weren’t quite sure what to make of the full-flavored beer.  Now, there are thousands of craft breweries across the nation brewing flavorful, interesting beers…  it’s amazing.

This week, all over the country, craft brewers large and small are celebrating in their own special way.  Here at Harpoon, we’re throwing a big bash at our brewery in Boston, HarpoonFest, with our closest friends (you, hopefully!), and plenty of fresh Harpoon beer.

 American Craft Beer Week started in 2006 and the yearly celebration has been growing at an incredible rate – tracking the craft beer industry as a whole. It didn’t always used to be that way, so grab a Harpoon IPA and read how American Craft Beer Week came to be!

Before 2006, the Brewers Association used to host an American Beer month in July. In May 2006, they decided to focus on just one week in May – right before the busy summer season. With the passage of House Resolution 753, American Craft Beer Week was official.

According to House Resolution 753:

“American Craft Beer Week [is established] as a celebration to the contributions that American craft brewers have made to the Nation’s communities, economy and history;… and commends educating Americans about the history and culture of beer while promoting the responsible consumption of beer as a beverage of moderation.”

That first year, it became the largest national effort that focused solely on craft brewers, with 124 breweries participating in American Craft Beer Week.

Last year marked the largest American Craft Beer Week to date, with 1,521 events officially held to celebrate.

So this year, let’s make American Craft Beer Week the best that it can be. We’ll be celebrating here on the South Boston Waterfront at our HarpoonFest on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19. With 15 local bands, plenty of fresh Harpoon beer, we invite you and your friends to celebrate craft beer (and summer) with us! You know what goes great with this perfect 70 degree weather we are having in Boston? A cold pint of Harpoon Summer Beer.

So come on down this weekend and raise a pint of your favorite Harpoon beer to celebrate craft beer and summer!

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