American Craft Beer Week, also known as the “Mother of All Beer Weeks” and beginning Monday, reminds us that craft beer thrives at the local level. For example, consider that Ska Brewing in Colorado will support its hometown Durango Food Bank through a week-long food drive.
From the press release:
A food drive all week will benefit the Durango Food Bank, along with a portion of beer sales on certain nights, so they can continue their crucial support of people in our community who need a little extra help.
Skaâ€™s commemoration of American Craft Beer Week kicks off Monday, May 17th, with â€œA Community Toastâ€, an informal gathering at Skaâ€™s World Headquarters and Tasting Room in Bodo Park to toast our community, sign â€œThe Declaration of Beer Independenceâ€, and taste some delicious craft beer. Beginning at 5 p.m., the public is invited to join the Ska Brew Crew and Mayor Michael Rendon for a toast, a taste (or several), and a tour of the Ska Brewing World Headquarters. Complimentary appetizers will be provided by Ska Brewing and Zia Taqueria.
The events continue throughout the week, and a complete schedule is included on page 2 of this release. Attendees to events throughout the week are encouraged to bring canned goods to donate to the Durango Food Bank, and will have the opportunity to sign the Declaration of Beer Independence, which will then be framed for display at Ska. The week will culminate on Friday, May 21st, with â€œSheâ€™s Craftyâ€, a blowout party featuring five special, limited release Ska beers on tap, a free pint for craft-beer lovinâ€™ ladies, and live ska music from â€œThe Casual Fridaysâ€.
â€œWhen a business steps up to help us, it enables us to better serve the community members who most need our help. Weâ€™re thrilled to be partnering with Ska Brewing to do just thatâ€, said Sarah Smith, director of the Durango Food Bank, which recently opened a new facility in Bodo Park.
Here’s the complete national calendar of events.