BA Announces Small Brewery Sunday, a New Beer Holiday

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November 19, 2019

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There’s a new holiday for craft beer lovers this Thanksgiving weekend. The Brewers Association (BA), the trade association for small and independent U.S. craft brewers and publisher of and the American Homebrewers Association, is announcing Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, will be the inaugural Small Brewery Sunday.

The premise of Small Brewery Sunday is simple: The BA is encouraging you to support the small and independent breweries you love by paying those craft breweries a visit.

“These breweries may be small, but they deliver a big impact,” says Julia Herz, craft beer program director for the BA. “Beer lover support helps keep their doors open, lights on and fermentation tanks full!”

Herz says the BA “had a lot of fun” organizing July’s inaugural National Independent Beer Day Run earlier this year and wanted to create a similar event around the holidays to unite beer lovers who support independent craft brewers. That’s how Small Brewery Sunday was born.

“December 1 gives us beer lovers a formal reminder to celebrate and stock up for the holidays,” she says.

The BA encourages beer lovers to seek the independent craft brewer seal when they’re shopping for beer or visiting breweries. The seal, an upside-down beer bottle, is the certified logo for true craft brewers.

We think that Small Brewery Sunday will be right on time. By Dec. 1, you’ll have had your fill of turkey, leftovers, shopping (and most likely, enough time with family) so visiting a brewery will provide a nice breather.

Whether you’re at home or on the road during Thanksgiving weekend, our Brewery Finder can point you to breweries near you on Small Brewery Sunday.

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Jess Baker is the editor in chief of After 15 years in digital and broadcast journalism, she’s now bringing you stories about America’s small and independent breweries. She’s a runner, a die-hard Springsteen fan, and a new mom who is always scouting family-friendly breweries.