The Brewers Association will be representing an unprecedented number of American craft breweries (22) at this year’s Craft Beer Rising festival (21-23 February), showcasing more than 60 high quality, innovative and different craft beers at the forefront of the American craft brewing movement.
Demand for American craft beer in the UK remains strong. It is the second largest global export market after Canada with 10.5% of all American craft beer exports, up 7.1% in the latest period (year ending 31.12.17). Global American craft beer exports were up 3.6 per cent in 2017, worth a record $125.4 million.
Now in its third consecutive year at the Festival, the Brewers Association, through its Export Development Programme, will offer a range of diverse, creative, cutting-edge American craft beers in can or bottle format, ranging in style and strength from English mild to barrel aged stout and Belgian quad. The gamut of IPAs will be well represented by classic, fruited, Brut, juicy and hazy, sour and other iterations of the style all tasting at the top of their game.
Beers are being flown over from the States to ensure freshness and include a range of styles from classic, tried & true consumer favourites to rare and experimental beers that seldom make the trip to the UK.
Breweries participating include: (subject to change)
Boulevard Brewing Company- Kansas City, MO
Cigar City Brewery- Tampa, FL
Coronado Brewing Co.- Coronado, CA
DC Brau Brewing Company- Washington D.C.
Epic Brewing Co.- Salt Lake City, Utah
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.- Truckee, CA
Foolproof Brewing Company- Pawtucket, RI
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery- Richmond, VA
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales- Dexter, MI
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery – Goochland, VA
New Belgium Brewing Company- Fort Collins, CO
New Holland Brewing Company- Holland, MI
Odell Brewing Company- Fort Collins, CO
Oskar Blues Brewery- Lyons, CO
Port City Brewing Company- Alexandria, VA
Reuben’s Brews- Seattle, WA
Saranac Brewery- Utica, NY
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company- Chico, CA
Stone Brewing Company- Escondido, CA
Three Weavers Brewing- Inglewood, CA
Upslope Brewing Co. – Boulder, CO
Wormtown Brewery- Worcester, MA
Steve Parr, export development programme manager for the Brewers Association, comments: “The high level of interest in Craft Beer Rising from our Export Development Programme members shows the importance of the UK market and how the demand for world-class quality American craft beer remains strong. The range of bottles and cans available at this year’s Festival is wider than ever before and demonstrates the consistent, high quality of America’s small and independent craft brewers with a style to suit everyone from the new-to-craft beer drinker through to the connoisseur.”
During the Festival the Brewers Association will be partaking in panel discussions and conducting tastings, as follows:
Friday 2pm-2.45pm: Future Trends, featuring Steve Parr, Export Development Programme manager, Brewers Association
Friday 6.30-7.15pm: tasting of seven rare and sought-after high-quality American craft beers with their respective brewers
Saturday 12.30-1.15pm: Get Your Geek On, a how-to judge sessions featuring Steve Parr and Lotte Peplow UK/Europe representative for the Brewers Association
Saturday 3.45pm-4.15pm: Break Out Brewsters and Other Female Stars of our Bars featuring Lotte Peplow
Saturday 6.45pm-7.15pm: tasting of seven rare and sought-after high-quality American craft beers with their respective brewers
Everyone is welcome to attend
There are now more than 7,100 small and independent craft breweries in the US with a further 2,000 in planning and the Brewers Association Independent Craft Brewer Seal has been adopted by 4,100+ breweries since launch in June 2017 representing over 85% of all independent craft beer volume. A new Independent Craft Brewer Supporter Seal was launched in January 2019 for all champions of independent craft breweries, including distributors, retailers, festivals, websites and allied trade companies. It can be accessed through the newly launched website www.SupportIndependentBeer.com
The Brewers Association produces a wealth of (free) resources to help the beer drinker enjoy and understand craft beer, which are available for download on www.brewersassociation.com or www.craftbeer.com