Weeklong Celebration Transforms D.C. into the Nation's Craft Beer Capital
Boulder, CO • June 6, 2011—Once again, craft brewers from across the U.S. made their pilgrimage to the nation's capital to celebrate SAVOR Beer Week D.C., enjoy the benchmark of beer and food events and roll up their sleeves for a little old-fashioned politicking. The breadth of local events, SAVOR's rapidly growing popularity and the level of involvement from the craft brewing community once again demonstrated the industry's vitality and relevance.
SAVOR Beer Week D.C. took over Washington for the week prior to and during SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, and it provided ample opportunity to sample beer from myriad craft brewers, local and well-travelled alike. SAVOR 2011 sold out faster than ever, but even those without tickets enjoyed great beer and food events, ranging from "Crabs and Crafts" to beer brunches and burgers. Washington D.C.'s craft beer scene is blossoming, with 17 brewers participating in over 40 events during SAVOR Beer Week D.C.
With such an extensive build-up, expectations were high, and SAVOR delivered with a beer and food event that excited and amused attendees, including 42 different pairing dishes and 144 different craft beers from 72 small and independent craft brewers. In addition to the 144 craft beer and food pairings, attendees were treated to a variety of artisanal cheeses by American Cheese Society, including samples from Cypress Grove, Cowgirl Creamery and Point Reyes. Sushi rolls, chocolate truffles and oysters on the half shell rounded out the offerings and gave attendees the opportunity to create their own pairings.
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At the end of the night, attendees had the opportunity to bring a little bit of SAVOR home with them. Each received a bottle of "SAVOR Flowers," the first annual SAVOR collaboration beer, brewed by Boston Beer Company and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. The beer was brewed using rose water in place of regular water, along with a tincture of hibiscus, lavender and jasmine flowers that was aged in Samuel Adams' Barrel One (the whiskey barrel Sam Adams first used to make its barrel-aged Triple Bock in the early 1990s). SAVOR Flowers was served during the event, and distributed as a parting gift. Organizers hope this will be the first of many collaboration beers celebrating SAVOR.
While D.C. beer enthusiasts enjoyed a relaxed week of beer exploration, most craft brewers in attendance went to work on Friday with a "Hill Climb" to meet their Senators and Representatives. The Brewers Association (BA) is working to grow the House Small Brewers Caucus and to rally support for the Small BREW Act, which would recalibrate excise taxes for America's small brewers. The BA relies on the community of more than 1,700 craft brewers to help educate members of Congress and staff about small brewers and their unique contributions both locally and nationally. Friday's event was a success, with 39 brewery owners and 19 state guild leaders visiting offices in both the House of Representatives and Senate.
"We were pleased to have 39 small brewers on Capitol Hill Friday to tell their small business stories and express their appreciation of Congressional representatives' support. It's not enough to just make great beer," explained Brewers Association President Charlie Papazian; "The story of small business success by today's 1,700+ American small brewing companies is a fascinating chapter in America's economic comeback. People, quality and mainstreet community involvement have been the themes of small brewers' success."
The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America®, SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience and American Craft Beer Week. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today's craft brewers and homebrewers.