Now a decade in, SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience will celebrate its return to Washington, D.C. on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3, 2017. Each year the Brewers Association (BA) hosts the nation’s premier craft beer and food pairing event that features the country’s top brewers and pairs its beers with some tasty food.
Held at the National Building Museum (401 F Street NW Washington, D.C.) in our nation’s capital, SAVOR brings together 86 craft breweries from around the United States. This number is ten additional breweries than in 2016.
For 2017 SAVOR will debut a new Grand Marketplace setting that allows for greater mobility and discovery throughout the Great Hall of the National Building Museum. For the first time, select breweries will occupy the spectacular second-floor balcony and be paired with artisanal charcuterie, chocolate, cheese and oyster producers.
Of the 86 small and independent craft brewers from around the country breweries from 31 states and Washington, D.C. are represented with 40% of these breweries will be SAVOR participants for the very first time.
Breweries participating at SAVOR from the Pacific Northwest include Alesong Brewing & Blending, Crux Fermentation Project, Deschutes Brewery, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Ninkasi Brewing, pFriem Family Brewers, Propolis Brewing, and Reuben’s Brews.
Chef Adam Dulye, Brewers Association executive chef and co-author of CraftBeer.com’s Beer & Food Course, fashioned the food-pairing menu with collaboration from several world-class chefs, purveyors, Cicerones and Brewers Association staff.
Grand Tasting Ticket ($135 per ticket, one evening Friday or Saturday) includes:
Craft beer and food (small plate) pairings—a variety of food items and two-ounce tastings of craft beer
The opportunity to meet and talk with many luminaries and innovators of the craft beer world
A commemorative tasting glass
An event program with room for tasting notes
An exit gift
SAVOR ticket sales are limited to four tickets per night, per order.
2017 SAVOR Extras:
Collaboration Beer: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Virginia and New Belgium Brewing Company in Colorado will join forces to create a beer exclusively for SAVOR attendees. Each attendee will receive a bottle of this special beer as an exit gift.
Purveyors and Producers: This year’s specialty stations feature outstanding new vendors that will be paired with breweries on the second-floor balcony of the National Building Museum. This year’s producers include:
Nathan Miller Chocolate, which will make and procure all chocolate selections;
Nathan Anda and Red Apron Butcher, which will provide a charcuterie station;
American Cheese Society, which will coordinate an artisan cheese station;
Chop Tank, which will host the ever-popular oyster bar;
Monterey Fish Market, which will supply a sustainable raw bar.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.