American Craft Beer Week, May 11-17, was created by the Colorado-based Brewers Association, a non-profit organization promoting independent beer brewers.
In 2006, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution marking American Craft Beer Week. The resolution stated that Congress "commends American craft brewers for providing jobs, improving the balance of trade, supporting American agriculture and educating Americans about the history and culture of beer while promoting the responsible consumption of beer as a beverage of moderation."
A quick survey of greater Indianapolis brewpubs reveals a variety of Craft Beer events. Downtown, Alcatraz, The Ram and Rock Bottom are hosting a simultaneous, round-robin open house Wednesday, May 13, 6-9 p.m. Head brewers Omar Castrellon, Jerry Sutherlin and John Simmons, respectively, and their assistants will be on hand "to meet and greet, give visitors a chance to look around the breweries and sample our beers," according to Simmons. Rock Bottom College Park is hosting a cookout for Mug Club members Thursday, May 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Maibock is their featured beer as it is at Broad Ripple Brewpub. Barley Island is featuring a different beer every day, all day. Oaken Barrel is rolling out a summer-long "World of Wheat Beers" starting with Heffeweizen.
For more information on American Craft Beer Week, log on to www.beertown.org.