Leave it to me to post about an entire week of craft beer when the week is almost over. May 13 - 19, 2013 is American Craft Beer Week. Started in 2006, ACBW focuses on highlighting the importance of small and independent craft brewers.
There are lots of beer weeks and events across the United States, but ACBW is self described as the mother of them all. Untappd even has a badge to recognize the celebration which, of course, I effortlessly unlocked.
Locally, it means two things. First, the release of Great Lakes Brewing Company's Lake Erie Monster, one of my favorite Imperial IPAs: earthy, malty, spicy…delicious.
Second, the annual Big Brews and Blues craft beer event at the Historic Carillon Park in Dayton, Ohio. Scheduled for this Friday night from 5-9, Big Brews and Blues is a fundraiser for Diabetes Dayton. They have some great big beers on tap. Add in the entertainment and food and you have the makings of a great night.
Although the week is almost out, grab a craft beer and ready a toast. If you are attending Big Brews and Blues this weekend, I hope to see you there. Cheers!