Craft beer enthusiasts might sip their favorite India Pale Ale or Stout slowly, but when it comes to snapping up tickets to the 3rd edition of SAVOR: an American Craft Beer & Food Experience they are not as passive.
With capacity for SAVOR maxing out at 2,000 attendees, the Brewers Association expected that the public sale of tickets would sell out in hours. It actually took only 10 minutes. Interest for SAVOR has grown exponentially since its inaugural celebration in 2008. This follows the high demand for craft beers in the US.
Brewers Association Event Director, Nancy Johnson points out that 19 of the 69 participating craft brewers at SAVOR this year are first time participants. The opportunity to taste craft beers from breweries that attendees otherwise may not be able to taste in their home markets makes the intimate craft beer and food pairing an even sweeter experience. She notes that the goal of the event is to continue to introduce more people to the joys of pairing great food with great beer; and create a positive and quality experience to a new audience of craft beer lovers.
SAVOR will be held June 5th at DC's National Building Museum. It will showcase almost 70 of the nation's best craft brewers beers' culinary capabilities. Each will be paired with a savory or sweet sample-sized food pairing. In only SAVOR's 3rd year, the sell out is a testament of the growing interest in craft brewers and craft beer and food pairings.
1st Time Participating Breweries at SAVOR:
Alaskan Brewing Co. (AK)
Ballast Point Brewing Company (CA)
Brown's Brewing Company (NY)
Crown Valley Brewing and Distilling Company (MO)
DOG Brewing Company (MD)
Evolution Craft Brewing Company (DE)
Great South Bay Brewery (NY)
Green Flash Brewing Co. (CA)
Kona Brewing Company (HI)
Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery (CA)
North Coast Brewing Co., Inc (CA)
Oakshire Brewing (OR)
Old Line Brewers/ The Brewer's Art (MD)
Pyramid Brewing Company (OR)
Real Ale Brewing Co. (TX)
Saint Somewhere Brewing Company (FL)
SweetWater Brewing Company (GA)
Terrapin Beer Co. (GA)
Watch City Brewing Company (MA)