American Craft Beer Fest: Fun Facts (2012)

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder Aug 23, 1996 Colorado
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    The 5th annual ACBF (June 1 & 2, 2012) is the largest celebration of American craft beer on the East Coast. The first was held on June 20 & 21, 2008.

    ACBF features over 550 craft beers and will spend upwards of $100,000 on them.

    It takes over 400 volunteers to run ACBF.

    To celebrate the five year milestone, BeerAdvocate founders and brothers Jason and Todd Alström and the brewers at Harpoon Brewery brewed a collaborative beer during American Craft Beer Week on May 16. Swing by booth #56 to try their ACBF 5-Year Anniversary Beer.


    Over 120 American breweries from 25 states will participate at ACBF. MA (41), NY (11), ME (10), NH (9), CA (8), VT (6), CO (5), CT (5), NC (4), MD (3), PA (3), KY (2), OR (2), RI, DC, DE, HI, IL, LA, MO, NJ, UT, WA, WI and WV (1 each).

    Brewers Map:

    Farthest distance traveled:
    Kona Brewing Co.
    Kailua Kona, HI | 5,069 miles

    Farthest continental distance:
    Anderson Valley Brewing co.
    Boonville, CA | 2,710 miles

    Closest brewery:
    Harpoon Brewery
    Boston, MA | 0.5 miles

    Brewery bringing the most beers:
    Franklin’s Restaurant, Brewery & General Store
    Serving 10 beers

    Largest output:
    Boston Beer Co.
    Shipped 2.5 million barrels in 2011


    Though the vast majority of attendees hail from the east coast, ACBF will welcome beer enthusiasts from around the globe. Upwards of 15,000 over 2 days, 3 sessions.

    Farthest distance traveled: Sydney, Australia | ~10,000 miles

    Farthest US distance traveled: Kapaa, HI | ~5,000 miles

    ACBF has seen double digit attendee growth each year.

    Total Ticket Sales (% Growth)
    2008: 7,339
    2009: 9,675 (32%)
    2010: 11,302 (17%)
    2011: 12,703 (12%)
    2012: 13,949 (10%)

    Advanced tickets sales for 2012 have already surpassed 2011 totals. Session B and C sold out in advance.
  2. Hanzo

    Hanzo Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I feel ashamed no breweries representing Virginia are heading up there.
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