The Brewers Association will be participating in two major British craft beer festivals this summer, with an exciting and diverse range of US brews.

US craft beer

The association will be represented at the Manchester Craft Beer Festival (23rd and 24th July) and the London Craft Beer Festival (13th-15th August).

Through its Export Development Programme, the Brewers Association will represent 27 American craft breweries, including regular favourites and a number who are new to the UK market.

Who’s involved?

Anderson Valley Brewing Co; Baxter Brewing; Beards Brewery; Belching Beaver Brewery; Bell’s Brewery; Cigar City Brewing; Deschutes Brewery; Fifty Fifty Brewing Co; Firestone Walker Brewing Co; Fremont Brewing; Greater Good Imperial Brewing Co; Heretic Brewing Co; Hoppin’ Frog Brewery; Maui Brewing Co; Melvin Brewing; Nebraska Brewing Co; New Holland Brewing Co; Oskar Blues Brewery; Port City Brewing Co; Sierra Nevada Brewing Co; Springdale Beer Co; Stone Brewing Co; The Bold Mariner Brewing Co; The Virginia Brewing Co; Two Roots Brewing Co; Upslope Brewing Co; Warped Wing Brewing Co.

Collectively, they will offer more than 80 fresh American craft beers for sampling, most of which are unavailable in the UK. Beers range in style and strength from crisp Helles lager and fruity refreshing gose at under 5% ABV, to Belgian-style blond ales aged in Chardonnay barrels and a quadruple oatmeal Russian imperial stout at 15.7% ABV. Many of the beers available are award-winning or classic examples of their styles and will be air-freighted across from the States to reach beer lovers as fresh as the brewer intended.

Lotte Peplow, the Brewers Association’s American craft beer ambassador for Europe, said: “After the ravages of covid-19, it’s great to see American craft breweries bouncing back and showing renewed interest in the UK market, which is, of course, an important market for American craft beer and accounts for 10.1% of all exports, behind Canada with 23.1%.

“The Brewers Association is delighted to be participating in the inaugural Manchester Craft Beer Festival and London Craft Beer Festival, both for the first time, and can’t wait to showcase an exciting range of world-class, distinctive, and incredible tasting beers to the UK beer lover.”

BA craft lager

Daniel Sylvester, of We Are Beer, organiser of both festivals, added: “The ethos of We Are Beer stems from the celebration and exploration of the world of craft beer, and what a way to celebrate the return of London Craft Beer Festival and the inaugural Manchester Craft Beer Festival than with the ability for beer lovers to try beers from 27 exciting US breweries. We know this will be the highlight for many people, our team included!”

Talks and tastings will be taking place throughout both festivals — details to be confirmed. Masterclass tastings of American craft beer will also take place at BrewLDN, on 30th July at 8.45pm, and 31st July at 4.30pm.

The Brewers Association Export Development Programme is funded by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture and assists American craft brewers with educating international audience audiences about the US craft beer industry, informing member craft breweries about opportunities in key international target markets, complementing the industry’s own efforts to increase distribution, and increasing efforts to improve issues of poor shipping and handling of craft beer.

Free downloadable resources to help you enjoy and understand American craft beer are available at brewersassociation.org or craftbeer.com

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