The BeerCity USA annual poll will commence with nomination opportunities for those cities wanting to be on the ballot but do not yet qualify. The nomination polling will be open 5 days, April 22-26. Cities already qualifying based on the 2012 poll gathered 400 or more votes in the 2012 poll and will automatically be entered on the final polling.
The final BeerCity USA poll will open for 5 days, May 6-10.
Cities that will be automatically entered onto the May 6-10, 2013 ballot are:
- Asheville, NC
- Bend, OR
- Chicago, IL
- Cleveland, OH
- Denver, CO
- Durango, CO
- Fort Collins, CO
- Grand Rapids, MI
- Madison, WI
- Milwaukee, WI
- Missoula, MT
- Philadelphia, PA
- Portland, OR
- Raleigh, NC
- San Diego, CA
- Scottsdale, AZ
- St. Louis, MO
- Tampa, FL
Craft brewing news abounds
The Brewers Association recent press release reports, Craft Continues to Brew Growth. The total number of operating “brick & mortar” breweries in the USA has grown to 2,403 as of the end of February 2013. That means there were 409 new brewery openings (and 43 closings) in 2012. They employ over 108,000 workers.
Tick and Tock
The 18 percent growth in number of breweries isn’t the only thing on the uptick. There’s plenty to uptock about. With about 13.2 million barrels of craft beer from America’s small and independent craft brewers, they have reached a 6.5 percent volume share of the American beer market. That’s up from 5.7 percent in 2011; representing a 15 percent increase in volume.
In your glass
Craft beer drinkers, that means 1.8 million barrels more of righteous craft beer for you.
Next week, March 26-29, over 6,000 people in the craft brewing community are gathering at the Washington, DC Convention Center for the annual Craft Brewers Conference.
If that isn’t enough good news for you, here’s something you can actually drink to. American Craft Beer Week is May 13-19, 2013. Take a look at the website and learn about American Craft Beer Week events, celebration ideas, resources, videos and a comprehensive list of other beer weeks.
Also any homebrewer knows, that American Craft Beer Week wouldn’t be craft beer week if it weren’t for pioneering homebrewers. Homebrewers have their special day to celebrate their craft beer too. National Homebrew Day is May 4, 2013.
If that isn’t enough and you’re one of the lucky 3,400+ people who have already registered, there’s the American Homebrewers Association’s National Homebrewers Conference, June 27-29, 2013; happening in Philadelphia. For those not lucky, it’s sold out.
It’s a good time to me an American beer drinker. There’s plenty to celebrate