Dave Richmond has combined his work with his love of beer for more than eight years with the Madrigrano families, and is now Global Brands Manager at Beer Capitol Distributing-Lake Country in Sussex. In his position, Dave is responsible for coordinating the marketing and merchandising programs for all the Global brands. The beer products featured in his blog are primarily those distributed but not limited to by Beer Capitol Distributing Lake Country.
Next week it is American Craft Beer Week across the US. It is a national celebration across the US with events at breweries. It is a growing celebration of all that is craft beers here in the U.S. On a national basis craft beers were up 7% in 2009 vs 2008. The numbers were even higher here in Wisconsin.( Detailed numbers are being released next week)
The Brewers association classifies Craft brewers as those that produce less than 2 million barrels annually. Wisconsin boast over 70 breweries, brewpubs and microbreweries across the state. What a great state to live in if you enjoy beer. In fact if you are still finalizing summer vacation plans, look into a brewery trip for visiting a number of great breweries that each have their own distinct style.
Next week, some breweries are hosting guest taps from other state breweries as a sign of the togetherness of the breweries. So plan a trip to your local brewery( or not so local) and enjoy the experience. Usually this week really signifies the start of warmer weather as we head towards summer.
Some suggested breweries to enjoy next week: Leinenkugel in Chippewa Falls, Lakefront in Milwaukee, Sprecher in Milwaukee, Capital-Middleton WI, Point brewery-Stevens Point, Ale Asylum-Madison, Tyranena-Lake Mills and New Glarus-from New Glarus. These are just a small listing of the state breweries. Please send me a comment letting me know which beer(s) you celebrated American Craft Beer Week with.
As always enjoy responsibly and raise a toast to the great beers of Wisconsin