BEER NEWS: House Passes Beer Resolution 1297

Today I received an email from the Brewers Association regrading BIG news in the world of small and independent craft brewers.

House Resolution 1297, introduced by Congresswoman Betsy Markey (CO) on April 22, 2010, to support ‘the goals and ideals of American Craft Beer Week’ PASSED mid-yesterday with 62 co-sponsors.

Read more about H. Res. 1297 passing from

American Craft Beer Week is not even half over, but here is the big picture, thus far:

-The “Mother of All Beer Weeks,” organized by the Brewers Association, celebrates and highlights all that America loves about craft beer and small and independent craft brewers.

-In 2006, the week became the largest national effort focusing on American craft brewers and remains so today.

-For 2010, 500+ events from 300+ breweries are posted at

-Events are happening in 45 states!

-20,000 plus ‘likes’ were reached this past Monday on Facebook with literally thousands of tweets on Twitter about the week’s happenings.

-The Declaration of Beer Independence is a big part of American Craft Beer Week, with town mayors (see Durango Hearld), Governors, beer lovers and brewers all signing it!

There are a lot of extremely exciting ongoing in the world of craft beer. But, the fight is far from over. Whether you write a letter to your congress person or simply just become a friend on the American Craft Beer Week on Facebook, no gesture is too small.

We can do it, folks. Keep fighting for the cause!


About The Beer Wench

Ashley is a self-proclaimed craft beer evangelist & social media maven on a mission to advance the craft beer industry through education, inspiration and advocacy. She is currently the “Director of Awesomeness” at Bison Brewing in Berkeley, CA — where her responsibilities include everything from marketing, sales, PR, social media & events. Ashley is also a freelance consultant and professional speaker on the subjects of social media, beer mixology, food & beverage pairings. She is the founder of & as well as a regular contributor to

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