By Aaron Sleger
Co-founder, Screw City Beer Festival and Kryptonite Team Member
American Craft Beer Week is upon us yet again. Monday, May 14, kicked off a weeklong celebration of craft beer all across the nation, while places like Chicago, Seattle, San Antonio, Colorado and Long Island, N.Y., celebrate their own regional beer weeks.
Rockford’s Screw City Beer Festival is celebrating American Craft Beer Week with ScrewDrive, a beer-tasting and exclusive one-day-only pre-sale for 2012 Screw City Beer Festival tickets.
ScrewDrive caps off Beer Week Saturday, May 19, at Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St., in downtown Rockford.
From 4 to 7 p.m., ScrewDrive will offer a top-flight selection of more than 20 craft beers to sample, with appetizers provided by The Olympic Tavern.
An additional selection of rare and vintage beer from Founders Brewing Co.’s Breakfast Stout line will be sampled to a limited group of 30 people. The Founders tasting includes a 2012 Screw City Beer Festival promotional T-shirt and Founders glass.
Aside from an evening of sampling rare and limited brews, ScrewDrive will be the only chance to purchase 2012 Screw City Beer Festival tickets before they go on sale to the general public in July. This limited block of general admission and VIP will be available for purchase at discounted prices only for those who attend ScrewDrive.
For those unfamiliar, Screw City Beer Festival is Rockford’s annual craft beer festival held every September in downtown Rockford near the intersection of Main and State streets. Founded in early 2011 by a group of local business owners and craft beer enthusiasts, Screw City’s inaugural fest was met with a virtually sold-out crowd, rave reviews, and awarded the State of Illinois Governor’s Award for Best New Event/Festival of 2011.
Visit the festival’s new website at www.screwcitybeerfest.com for more about Screw City Beer Festival and ScrewDrive.
American Craft Beer Week is important because it celebrates an industry whose economic impact often goes overlooked. In an industry completely dominated by a few corporate breweries, craft beer has seen double-digit annual growth in both dollar value and volume over the past few years. This speaks volumes for a small and independent sector that comprises just more than 5 percent of the overall beer industry in the United States. Besides sales and production growth, the industry is constantly expanding with a 10 percent increase in operating breweries from 2010 to 2011, adding to the 100,000-plus existing jobs.
Held every May since 2006, American Craft Beer Week exists to highlight an industry that not only produces a fresh, high-quality, and locally-made product, but also an industry that gives back to their communities and neighborhoods, values innovation and tradition, helps promote the idea of quality over quantity, and has helped cultivate the United States into the best place on Earth to drink world-class beer.
This year, American Craft Beer Week spans May 14-20 with hundreds of breweries, retailers and bars in all 50 states accounting for thousands of special events
For more regarding American Craft Beer Week, visit www.craftbeer.com.
From the May 16-22, 2012, issue