Read all about it! 401 beer pros DIY, #BIF, and more

In our column in the brandy-new/out-today issue of Motif: two [2] local beer pros talk about DIYing, and we share a few quick sips of beer-soaked info.

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Get ready for American Craft Beer Week [5.15-21]

The time, it flies! American Craft Beer Week kicks off on Monday [5.15] and runs through May 21. It’s the twelfth annual event presented by the Brewers Association, the alliance of small, independent, and traditional beer makers, marketers, distributors, and biz peeps. This year’s theme is “Beer It Forward” [the hashtag: #beeritforward, obvi]. The ACBW mission statement: “Beer It Forward promotes doing good, simply, honestly in the same way many craft brewers exemplify this ideal every single day. They believe in the values of community and giving back. How can you brighten the lives of others through craft beer?” This infographic supplies some answers:

The folks at CraftBeer.com, the Brewers Association’s website, enthused: “Never, in the history of these United States, has there ever been a better time to enjoy beer. This seems like a bold statement, but it is true. Small and independent craft brewers have ensured that Americans have access to the most expansive variety of beers on the planet. They changed the nation’s beer reputation from the perennial butt of jokes into the envy of every other beer-loving nation in the world. These small businesses have worked tirelessly to not only bring a product to market but to intertwine themselves in the communities that they craft their beers. The United States’ over 5,300 small, independent craft brewers have shown us how a simple beverage and pure intentions can shift an entire culture…There truly is no more social of a beverage than beer. It is because of this that craft beer is the perfect way to spread positivity in celebration of American Craft Beer Week (ACBW). Beer has a simple ability to unite and get people talking. Not only will you feel good when you #beeritforward, but the person on the receiving end will appreciate it and in turn want to share that feeling with someone else. As beer fans, we do this all the time when we share a few beers with pals or offer a suggestion or beer knowledge.”

There will be a slew of beer happenings statewide. Here’s what we know so far [we’ll post updates if/when they arrive; all times/info subject to change.]

Monday [5.15]

Grey Sail Night at 84 Tavern On Canal [5-8 pm]
Revival Tap Takeover at the Knickerbocker Cafe [6-9 pm]
Two Roads 20-Tap Takeover at Flatbread Company [6-10 pm]

Tuesday [5.16]

Wormtown Trivia Night at Ogie’s Trailer Park [8-10 pm]
Uinta Tap Takeover at the Avery [6-8 pm]

Wednesday [5.17]

Revival Beer Dinner at the Charlestown Rathskellar [6 pm]
McLaughlin & Moran Multi-Tap Takeover and free pinball night at Fête [7-9 pm]

Thursday [5.18]

Revival Tap Takeover with Brewmaster Sean Larkin at 84 Tavern On Canal [7-9 pm]
Grey Sail Tap Takeover at the Malted Barley [Westerly, 7-9 pm]
Abita Night at KJ’s [Middletown, 7-9 pm]

Friday [5.19]

Weyerbacher Pint Night at the Malted Barley [Providence, 6-9 pm]
Uinta Tap Takeover at the Malted Barley [Westerly, 7-9 pm]
Abita Pint Night at Cleats Sports Club [Westerly, 8-10 pm]