After a one-year sabbatical in New York City, SAVOR, the two-day beer festival touted as "the benchmark event in craft beer and food pairing", returns to its Washington, D.C. home, at the National Building Museum, on May 9 and 10, 2014.
The festival's organizer, the Brewers Association (BA) —an advocacy and lobbying group for breweries producing fewer than 6 million barrels of beer per year— conducts a lottery to determine which member breweries are invited to serve their beers. I'm not privy to how it's conducted, but I can only assume that it's done non-nefariously, double-blind. According to the BA, one-third (76) of the 224 that applied this year received slots, representing 29 states. Some breweries are present every year: the BA also gives automatic slots to breweries that drop a significant "supporting sponsor" or partnership fee.
Ten breweries from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (home-base for YFGF) are participating.
- Washington, D.C.
- The full list of all participating breweries: here.
SAVOR is 7 years old this year, but, despite its aspirations to be a beer and 'foodie' event, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who has gone for the food. They go for the beer. It's the Great American Beer Festival 'lite.'
- Great Raft Brewing, a production brewery that has only just opened in Shreveport, Louisiana, could be considered an honorary DMV brewery. The principals of the start-up are Lindsay and Andrew Nations. Mr. Nations was a long-time editor of DC Beer, a primary web-based source of news of beer in the greater Washington D.C. area. He is still listed as editor emeritus. Lindsay and he will be pouring their beers at SAVOR.
- I participated in the very first SAVOR, in 2008. Report: here.