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Port Brewing to kick off American Craft Beer Week with “Toast Heard `Round the World”

Brewery will celebrate with a live webcast toast at its 3rd Anniversary party May 9

Declaration of Beer Independence

Declaration of Beer Independence

Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey will be kicking off American Craft Beer Week next month with a “Toast heard `round the world” during the brewery’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration on May 9, 2009.

Inaugurated in 2006 with a U.S. Congressional resolution (House Resolution 753), American Craft Beer Week is a celebration highlighting the culture and contributions of craft beer to the nation.

From May 11 through 17, 2009 craft breweries across the country will be holding special events and encouraging beer lovers to sign the Declaration of Beer Independence affirming their support of small, independent American craft breweries.

Much the way the battle at Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts (immortalized by Ralph Waldo Emerson as “the shot heard `round the world”) presaged the American war for Independence, Port Brewing’s Toast heard `round the world will be the opening salvo in the week-long celebration of America’s growing independent brewery movement.

To be given by Port Brewing’s three-time Great American Beer Festival brewer of the year, Tomme Arthur, those who can’t attend the brewery’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration in person are invited to participate by tuning into the brewery’s live web broadcast and raising a glass along with Arthur and guests.

The toast is scheduled for May 9, 2009 at 5pm Pacific Daylight Time and can be seen on the Lost Abbey brewcam.

More information on the Port Brewing / Lost Abbey Anniversary party can be found here.

For more information on American Craft Beer Week and special events being held at craft breweries around the country, please visit the American Craft Beer week website or at its Facebook page.

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