The Brewers Association will be representing an unprecedented number of American craft breweries — 22 in all — at Craft Beer Rising next week, 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% 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 quads. The gamut of IPAs will be well represented by classic, fruited, brut, juicy and hazy, sour, and other iterations of the style.
Beers are being flown over from the States to ensure freshness and include a range of styles from classic, tried and true consumer favourites to rare and experimental beers that seldom make the trip to the UK.
Steve Parr, export development programme manager for the Brewers Association, said: “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.”
Participating breweries (subject to change)
Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City, MO
Cigar City Brewery, Tampa, FL
Coronado Brewing Co, Coronado, CA
DC Brau Brewing Company, Washtington DC
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
Brewers Association events at the festival
Friday, 2-2.45pm: 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’ session featuring Steve Parr, and Lotte Peplow, UK/Europe representative for the Brewers Association
Saturday, 3.45-4.15pm: Break Out Brewsters and Other Female Stars of our Bars, featuring Lotte Peplow
Saturday, 6.45-7.15pm: tasting of seven rare and sought-after, high-quality American craft beers, with their respective brewers