Don’t forget to plan your summer’s most important beer run

Independence Day is the biggest beer drinking holiday of the year but, much like most other holidays, I tend to wait until the last minute to stock up on supplies.

Whatever you’re supposed to bring to the party this Thursday, make sure to at least remember the beers!

Honoring the spirit of summer and beer’s biggest holiday (not to mention the summer’s biggest procrastinators), the Brewers Association — the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers — has declared July 3 “National Independent Beer Run Day.” The celebration calls on beer lovers to seek the independent craft brewer seal and purchase craft beers produced by small and independent breweries for their Independence Day festivities.

Independence Day is among the most critical for craft breweries. Based on IRI scan data, the week leading up to July 4 has been the highest single sales week of the year for each of the last five years. The data suggest sales that week are 35% higher than a typical week.

Lucky for those in Rhode Island or southern Massachusetts, plenty of breweries are open on the days leading up to July 4. Plus, a handful of breweries will be open on Thursday so you can grab those cans or crowlers before you head to the parade. You can find a listing of all breweries and their holiday hours in the map below. (Note: As more breweries announce special hours, this post will be updated.)

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