The Brewers Association in 2006 moved American Craft Beer Week from July to May and made it into a weeklong event right before the busy summer beer season.
Some quick facts, according to the Brewers Association: There are more than 5,300 breweries in the U.S., most of them independent; India pale ales (IPAs) are the most popular style in the nation; the craft beer industry grew by 6 percent in 2016; and in that same year, Travelocity teamed up with the association to create the first Beer Tourism Index.
This year, breweries and bars across South Florida will host a variety of events, including beer-pairing dinners, releases, anniversary parties, and tap takeovers.
26 Degree Brewing Company
May 21 is the last day of ACBW, and 26 Degree Brewing Company will host Brunch, Brews, and Pups from noon to 3 p.m. Bring a $5 donation for Good Karma Pet Rescue of South Florida and receive $1 off all draft beers. Good Karma will bring a bunch of adoptable pups to the brewery.
2600 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach
Concrete Beach Brewery will take over the taps at 305 Brews May 19 from noon to 11 p.m. Four beers will be poured: Hasta Luego (a new tripel), imperial brown ale, and two other specialty beers whose names have yet to be announced.
American Social Brickell
American Social's ACBW events include specials on craft beers and local brewery giveaways all week. Also, every Tuesday is craft beer night, when most of the 50-plus beers on tap cost only $4.
Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
Anthony's will host two four-course beer dinners this week — May 15 (at 11037 Pines Blvd. in Pembroke Pines) and May 17 (at 3111 SW 160th Ave. in Miramar) — featuring Islamorada Beer Company.
Bangin' Banjo Brewing Company
May 21 from noon to 8 p.m., Bangin' Banjo Brewing Company will release two beers: Coconut Creamsicle cream ale (100 available) and Chocolate Banana Milkshake imperial milk stout (276 available). Both will be offered in 22-ounce bottles for $15 each. No bottle limit has been announced, but that could change. Both beers will also be on tap.
3200 NW 23rd Ave., #500, Pompano Beach
Barrel of Monks Brewing Company
May 21 from 1 to 4 p.m., Barrel of Monks Brewing will host a craft-beer-and-bacon pairing. Tickets cost $20 and snag you a flight of four four-ounce pours of Belgian-style beers, each paired with bacon.
1141 S. Rogers Cir., #5, Boca Raton
Bluewater Cafe at the InterContinental Hotel
From noon to 3 p.m. May 20, the InterContinental Hotel's rooftop Bluewater Cafe will throw a poolside party with a DJ, giveaways, and beer specials. Cans of Concrete Beach's Stiltsville pilsner and Tropic of Passion wheat ale will be available.
The Brass Tap (Boynton Beach)
Bon Beer Voyage will host a beer-tasting class at the Brass Tap in Boynton Beach May 17 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. For $20, you can sample six to seven beers representing a range of seasonal beer styles.
950 Congress Ave., Boynton Beach
The Brass Tap (Fort Lauderdale)
The Brass Tap in Fort Lauderdale will host two events: May 15 from 6 to 9 p.m., expect a pairing of bacon and beers from Funky Buddha Brewery, including Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Then, on May 19 from 6 p.m. to midnight, Flagler Village Brewery (located at the Brass Tap) will pay homage to the Sunshine State's own style of beer, the Florida Weisse. The tap list includes beers from local breweries such as 3 Sons Brewing and M.I.A. Beer Company.
551 N. Federal Hwy., #600, Fort Lauderdale
Concrete Beach will take over the taps at Clandestino Pub May 18 from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Beers on tap include imperial brown ale, Mas Hops double IPA, Tropic of Passion, and Hasta Luego tripel. There will also be live music from the Gardis.
Concrete Beach Brewery
May 19 from noon to 1 a.m,. Concrete Beach Brewery will celebrate not only ACBW but also its second anniversary. The brewery will release two surprise beers and offer half-priced growler fills. There'll be food from Grumpy Greg's BBQ, live music by ArtOfficial, and a special doughnut cake courtesy of the Salty Donut. Also, beers will be available from Wynwood Brewing and J. Wakefield. Then, on May 21 from noon to 3 p.m., Concrete Beach will hose a Sunday brunch by Magic Box at the Social Hall.
Copperpoint Brewing Company
Copperpoint Brewing will also celebrate its second anniversary during ACBW. May 20 from 1 to 8 p.m., there will be live music from Sean Hanley and ARTIKaL Sound System; food trucks from Rolling Chefs, Spring in Roll Out, and Troy's Bar-Be-Que; and timed beer special releases. There's no paid admission to the party, but beer tickets cost $5 each.
151 Commerce Rd., Boynton Beach
Craft Beer Cartel
May 20 from 5 to 7 p.m., Craft Beer Cartel in Fort Lauderdale will host an in-store tasting of Concrete Beach beers, which will include Czech Pils, Tropic of Passion, Mas Hops, TangeRica wheat IPA, and Stiltsville.
557 SW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Crown Wine & Spirits
May 18 from 5 to 7 p.m., the Fort Lauderdale location will offer an in-store tasting of various Concrete Beach beers, including TangeRica wheat IPA, Stiltsville, and Tropic of Passion. For other locations, visit crownwineandspirits.com.
Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers
Holy Mackerel in Pompano Beach will host events all week for ACBW, including special tappings of Due South Brewing Company's Mexican Standoff porter May 15, Proof Brewing Company's Creatures in the Dark chocolate stout May 16, Civil Society Brewing Company's Fresh IPA May 17, and Devour Brewing Company's Fruity Loops blonde ale May 18. See the event page for more information.
3260 NW 23rd Ave., Pompano Beach
The House of Beers
May 18 from 8 p.m. to 1:30 p.m, the House of Beers will offer $20 all-you-can-drink draft beers or $3 beers all night long. The first 20 ladies who arrive will each receive a free drink.
630 SW 109th Ave., Miami
May 15 from 3 p.m. to midnight, LauderAle will kick off ACBW with a party and three new special-release beers. Then, May 17 from 3 p.m. to midnight, LauderAle will release KRS-One, a rye IPA, along with food pairings from Frankie Dogs. May 18 from 3 p.m. to midnight, the brewery will release Vanilla Thrillist coffee porter, along with food pairings from Box of Chacos. Then, May 20 from 12:15 to 4:15 p.m., LauderAle will offer a free flight of beers to all SFLHops members. Not a member? You can become one by taking 30 seconds to register on the group's website.
Lincoln's Beard Brewing Company
Miami's Lincoln's Beard will celebrate its first anniversary during ACBW with WeirdFest2K17. The festival began May 12 but lasts till May 21. Expect several events at the brewery, including a women's arm-wrestling tournament, $1 first pours, and a special release of Aged Operational Moxie Quad on May 15; an '80s costume ball and a special release of Suspicious Cells Guava Mango Wild Ale on May 18; and a pig roast May 21. See the event page for more information.
This bar specializing in craft beer and cocktails will celebrate its third anniversary during ACBW. May 17, the Mighty will offer $3 birthday cocktails. The anniversary party will be held May 18. Both events run from 5 p.m. to midnight.
NOBO Brewing Company
NOBO will have special releases and events all week. So far, the events include a special ACBW Randall May 15 and special release along with grilled cheese from TC Melts May 17. Check the event page for updated information.
2901 NW Commerce Park Dr., Boynton Beach
From May 15 to 21, the Rusty Bucket in Doral will offer buckets of craft beer for $20, pizza and pint specials for $14, and other food specials.
3535 NW 83rd Ave., Doral
Delray Beach's Saltwater Brewery is hosting Paint and Pint night May 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission costs $30 and includes all painting materials and a pint of beer. Reserve a spot at squareup.com. May 18 from noon to 11 p.m., Saltwater will have a special release of Mango Pineapple Screamin' Reels beer. Also that day from 7 to 11 p.m. is Ladies Night Out, when LocAle blonde ale beers cost $3 each.
1701 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
The Tank Brewing Company
The brewery will celebrate the recent opening of its taproom with a thank-you party May 20 from 2 p.m. to midnight. The Tank's core beers — La Finca Miami, Freedom Tower, and El Farito IPA — and beers from several other local breweries will be on tap. Food and cigars will be available. Admission is free.
The Tipsy Boar
May 15, the Tipsy Boar in Hollywood will host a Concrete Beach tap takeover with reduced-price draft beers and food specials. Beers on tap include Hasta Luego, Mas Hops, Tangerica wheat ale, Stiltsville, Czech Pils, imperial brown ale, and Imperial Chili Chocolate Nitro Stout.
May 16 from 5 to 7 p.m., Tucker Duke's will host a Concrete Beach tap takeover with reduced-price drafts. Beers on tap include Mas Hops, Czech Pils, and imperial brown ale.
1101 Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach
W Hotel Fort Lauderdale
May 20 from noon to 3 p.m., the W will throwing pool party with a DJ, giveaways, and beer specials. Also, Concrete Beach Stiltsville and Tropic of Passion cans will be available.
Wynwood Brewing Company
Wynwood Brewing will celebrate ACBW with special releases throughout the week, including Alpha Mango Fox imperial red ale May 15, Grapefruit Ella dry-hopped pale ale May 16, Some'Mora Cookie porter May 17, La Mami imperial blonde ale May 18, several barrel-aged beers May 19, and fresh-oak-aged Wynwood Fox Cask ale and Wynwood IPA May 20.