American Craft Beer Week 2024

Monday, May 13 – Sunday, May 19

American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) is a celebration of independent craft beer! Take advantage of deals and events at local breweries all week long.

Breweries are more than just a spot to grab a drink – they’re a symbol of community and a celebration of craftsmanship. Day in and day out, they work hard to perfect the art and science of quality beer. They’re also an important part of our culture and economy. Here in Minnesota, independent craft breweries and brewpubs create over $1.9 billion (with a b!) in economic impact each year.

Craft beer is brewed by our neighbors, friends, and family. When you buy local, you are supporting the communities that make Minnesota great!


What Happens During ACBW?

ACBW is a celebration! Breweries all around the state will be offering promotions and deals to recognize the week. Organized by the Brewers Association, the national not-for-profit trade group for U.S. brewers, this is a chance to promote independent craft beer and celebrate the industry.


Why Should I Celebrate ACBW?

Because it’s fun! Connect with other beer enthusiasts, enjoy some great deals, and show some love to your local businesses.

Celebrate With These Breweries

Looking for a great place to lift a pint in honor of the local craft beer industry? Take advantage of specials and promotions throughout the week at these Minnesota businesses:

56 Brewing (Minneapolis)

All Week: Celebrate ACBW with new swag from 56 Brewing! Free pint with any hat or t-shirt purchase. Free 4-pack with any sweatshirt purchase. Valid 5/13-5/19.

Mon-Fri: $5 Happy Hour: Enjoy $5 pours of your favorite 56 beers, Monday-Friday until 6pm!

  • Mon: Women’s Pinball Tournament, $5 entry, winner takes all! 7-9 pm
  • Wed: Trivia! Free to play, 7-9 pm
  • Thurs: BOGO 4-packs of Acre THC seltzers. WE Collective Artist Gathering: Live music + makers, 6:30-9:30 pm
  • Fri: BEER RELEASE DAY! Moutere Double West Coast IPA taps at 2 pm. $5 Happy Hour ’til 6.
  • Sat: CHOICES outdoor DJ dance party, no cover 5-10 pm
  • Sun: Drag Bingo 1-3 pm, Patio Music by Aaron Blazich 3-5 [all free]

Bent Paddle Brewing Co. (Duluth)

Celebrate American Craft Beer Week with us!

Mon-Fri: From May 13 – May 17 we’re excited to offer a FREE 10oz beer with purchase of your Festiversary ticket. Be sure to mention American Craft Beer Week to your beer tender to receive your a free 10oz beer of your choice. Cheers to great beers!

Sat: Celebrate American Craft Beer Week with us by coming to Festiversary – An Outdoor Beer Festival Block Party Celebrating Bent Paddle’s 11 Year Anniversary!!!

Join us and 3,000 of your closest friends at the Brewery on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 2 – 8 pm to help us celebrate!

We will be taking over our West Michigan Street block + neighborhood parking lots and throwing a “Festiversary” party – an outdoor brewery festival celebrating Bent Paddle Brewing Co.‘s anniversary & you – the Partners & Paddlers that have helped us make it this far!

Come on down, drink delicious craft beers, and celebrate!

Forgotten Star Brewing Co. (Fridley)

American Craft Beer Week is back! Come celebrate with deals all week on your favorite brews! Plus, we’re releasing a special, experimental brew, “StarStryker” in collaboration with Moto-i. Join us all week, and let’s raise a toast to the craft beer industry!

  • Mon: $2 off the Northstar Cream Ale
  • Tues: $2 off the Big Stick IPA
  • Wed: $2 off the Fool’s Spring Maibock
  • Thurs: Limited release and $2 off StarStryker, our new collaboration with Moto-i
  • Fri: $2 off the Dark Skies Baltic Porter


Gambit Brewing Company (Saint Paul)

We are kicking off American Craft Beer Week with a Berliner release on Monday, then we have several promotions throughout the weekend! On Thursday, we have $18 beer pitchers and records spinnin’ in the taproom for Vinyl Night. On Friday, 4-packs are buy one, get one 50% off. On Saturday, we have Justin Barts here for live music from 7-10PM, and are offering 20% off all merch. Cheers!

  • Mon: Berliner release
  • Thurs: $18 beer pitchers and records spinnin’ in the taproom for Vinyl Night
  • Fri: 4-packs are buy one, get one 50% off
  • Sat: Justin Barts live music from 7-10PM and 20% off all merch

Intuition Brewing (Willmar)

In honor of ACBW, we are launching our long awaited Downtown Lager to celebrate the revitalization of Downtown Willmar and its place in brewing. The Downtown Lager is a light drinking lager, perfect for our beer loving friends who appreciate a more crushable beer. As a rural Minnesota town, we are proud of the independent beers brewed here in Downtown Willmar.

Kinney Creek Brewery (Rochester)

All Week (May 13-19): BEER RELEASE: Opener IPA

  • Mon: Happy Hour – BOGO 50% off Pints from 4pm-6pm
  • Tues: Customer Appreciation – Half off all growler refills
  • Wed: Trivia Night (7pm) & Pizza Day (All Day) – 2 Pints + 1 Pizza = $25
  • Thurs: Happy Hour – BOGO 50% off Pints from 4pm-6pm
  • Fri: Food Truck: RoyalBoil MN 5pm
  • Sat: Live Music – Orchid Jane, 7pm-10pm

Little Thistle Brewing Company (Rochester)

  • Tues: Pride beer release party for “Slay All Day IPA”. $5 pints and FREE hot dogs.
  • Wed: Trivia and Taco Lab Food Truck (Trivia hosted by Trivia Mafia – special prizes for Craft Beer Week)
  • Thurs: Arts & Crafts Night and Firebrick Bread Pizza Truck. Local Artist Meetup – Space for artists to work and socialize and great pizza.
  • Fri: Craft Beer Week Happy Hour from 4:00 – 7:00, $5 pints of craft beer. Espadin Mexican Food Truck.
  • Sat: Official Rochester Pride After Party starting at 7:00 – Live Music, Performances, Drink Specials!!! Bleu Duck Truck during the day, Brick Oven Pizza Truck in the evening.
  • Sun: Sunday Matinee Music on the Patio from 1:00 – 3:00 with Garden Tigers; and Brick Oven Pizza Bus 12 – 7.

Mankato Brewery (Mankato)

All Week: Enjoy BOGO Pints and 2 for $20 Growler Fills on a select beer all day, each day!

  • Tues: Smash Motueka
  • Wed: Sorceress
  • Thurs: Tangerine Tart
  • Fri: Reality Is
  • Sat: Hazy Butcher
  • Sun: Basket Case

Need More Ideas?

Find the closest brewery to you using our Find a Brewery map. Check out their social media to see what deals and events they are offering this week – and beyond!

Craft Beer FAQs

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What is "craft beer"?

What an interesting question! The Brewers Association (the national not-for-profit trade group for U.S. brewers) defines a craft brewer as a small and independent brewer. As they put it, “The hallmark of craft beer and craft brewers is innovation. Craft brewers interpret historic styles with unique twists and develop new styles that have no precedent.”

Here in Minnesota, we follow the same definition. All MNCBG members are independent craft brewers brewing craft beer. We honor the art and passion of the craft by promoting breweries through our events and our legislative advocacy.

How many Minnesota breweries are there?

According to the Brewers Association, in 2023, there were 237 craft breweries in Minnesota. That’s 5.6 breweries per capita (for 21+ adults)!

And this has a huge economic impact on the state. With over 500,000 barrels of craft beer produced, we brought $1.9 billion to the state economy!

How does Minnesota compare to other states?

According to the Brewers Association, Minnesota is in the top 20 producers of craft beer by nearly every craft beer statistic they track:

  • 11th in terms of economic impact to the state
  • 12th in barrels produced and 14th in gallons produced per capita
  • 14th in the number of craft breweries per capita
  • 15th in the number of craft breweries