American Craft Beer Week is under way and picking up speed. The Brewers Association– a nonprofit group recognized as the central foundation for craft beer in America — designates a week in May to celebrate small and independent craft breweries. This year, May 13-19 serves as an opportunity to get to know your local brewers, attend tap takeovers and drink really good beer. If you need visual stimulus, see the Brewers Association ACBW video on the next page. (You're in good company if it makes you misty-eyed.)

For Los Angeles and around the country, the celebration culminates on Thursday night with an inaugural nationwide, synchronized toast at 5 p.m. PST. Because we Westerners are of heartier stock and require daytime drinking. Thursday is also the most concentrated day for beer events, so you're advised to start the weekend early.

Our list supplies highlights only. Your favorite local watering hole likely will have updates and specials listed through its social media of choice, and a complete list is at Enjoy the upcoming events — or commit yourself to our life's motto and live every week like it's Beer Week.

Wednesday, May 15


Firestone Walker and Epic Brewing Collaboration Tap Takeover, 5 p.m.

Eagle Rock Brewery

Women's Forum featuring Rebecca Giddens (Kern River Brewing Co.), 4-10 p.m.

Blue Palms Brewhouse

Different breweries hosted daily, throughout the week, see list for details

Thursday, May 16

Ladyface Alehouse

Archived Ales on tap

Select Beer Store

Stone Brewing Takeover with six Stone rarities and three Quingenti Millilitre Series bottles, 5 p.m.

West 4th & Jane

Samuel Adams Brewery Night with four unusual brews on tap

The Surly Goat

Firestone Walker Night with kegs of XIV, XV, XVI Anniversary Ales and more, with David Walker and Ryan Sweeney in attendance, 6 p.m.

Wades Wines

Stone Brewing Rare Vertical Tastings, 4:30 p.m. (through Sunday)

City Tavern

Nine selections from Drake's Brewing, 6 p.m.

Little Bear

Avery Brewing Tap Takeover, 6 p.m.

Friday, May 17

Eagle Rock

Special Cask Tapping (and Saturday) 4-10 p.m.

Little Bar

Samuel Adams Tap Takeover and Pint Night five selections and a souvenir glass

Saturday, May 18

The Escondite

Craft Brew BBQ and Strong Ale Fest with new brewery St. Archer and selections from The Bruery, AleSmith and Eel River (San Diego), noon-6 p.m.

Select Beer Store

Local Brews Tap Takeover

Sunday, May 19

Barbara's at the Brewery

Beercentricity presents “Beer Storytelling” with brewers from Craftsman, Kinetic, Eagle Rock and Automatic brewing companies, tickets required, 6 p.m.

Sophie's Place

Central Coast Tap Takeover with selections from Figueroa Mountain and Firestone Walker 3-7 p.m.

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