In this Savor Beer Festival Washington, DC review we are going to cover it’s history, ticket prices, what you can expect and attendee reviews.
SAVOR This Moment In History…
The SAVOR beer tasting and food pairing festival provides an opportunity for unknown, local breweries to have a national stage platform to showcase their offerings to over 4,000 attendees along with an abundance of press coverage to broaden their exposure to an audience they may not have otherwise reached.
For years, Savor has been the gold standard of beer festivals in Washington, and one of the most important beer festivals in the U.S. Every May or June, 70+ craft breweries grace the majestic halls of the National Building Museum for classy, 5-star event.
Attendee Reviews and Testimonials
Below are both positive and negative experiences from various attendees over the years:
“If you’re a beer super fan, check this event out. It really is one of the only events in the area that includes elite breweries from all over the country. The last couple of years, it’s taken place at the National Building Museum (which is gorgeous). Tickets are pricey, but oh so worth it.” – Chrystalle B. – Falls Church, VA
“The food is awesome. Hat tip to the staff supplying the food.” – Mark N. – Leesburg, VA
“Attended in 2014. Will not return. Event billed as an exclusive food and beer pairing with the Brewers. Instead, it quickly turns in to your standard beer festival swill fest. Event was very crowded, most people pouring beer knew nothing about the beer or pairings, and the food kept running out. The only positive was the salon event with Jim Koch. We left hungry and disappointed.” Brian N.- Wilmington, DE
“One of the best beer events in the country. Incredible beer knowledge to be had, wonderful oysters, and of course, the beer. The founders and brewers of each brewery are there to chat about the beer. The food pairings are exceptional. The attire is classy. Love it!” Valarie G., Camarillo, CA
“I must say the beer selections were great, an excellent variety, but with the food being such a selling point and then it being basically absent is such a huge negative.” Tim C.- Harrisburg, PA
Tips and Secrets
* Don’t go in hungry and EAT BEFOREHAND! There isn’t much food available at the event itself and what is goes FAST.
* Don’t linger longer in front of a certain breweries table. If you really wanna chat up the brewers, be considerate of other attendees and step to the side so other people can try them, too.
* Wear sensible comfortable shoes, there are no seats.
* Download and check out the Pombe app before the event. It has a map and list of all the beers that will be served.
* Never complain about what you’re getting. This is an opportunity for breweries to put their BEST foot forward, not which foot you *think* is their best.
* Review beers you’ve tasted after the fact on sites like Beer Advocate and Untappd
* Many of the beers are test versions or the breweries most extreme beer. So you can expect to dump a lot of what you try, but it’s fun for the adventurous and curious mind. You’re bound to find a hidden gem or two that may ‘shock’ you and make you feel all ‘warm and tingly’ on the inside.
FUN ‘SAVORY’ FACTS
*Start warming up your palate and take a look at these fun facts that will make you savor the unique craft beer and food pairings at this year’s event:
* 70% of 2016 breweries were not at SAVOR 2015 (53 of 76 breweries)
* 50% of the 76 breweries have never been in SAVOR
* 28 states and Washington, D.C. are represented
* 20% of the participating breweries won an award at the 2016 World Beer Cup
* 101,100 of small bites prepared over two nights (plus oysters and cheeses)
* 500+ pounds of artisanal cheeses served
* 15,000 bites of cheese consumed over two days
* 3,100+ total oysters shucked
* 35 volunteers onsite
Location, Tickets and Details
1 (one) General Admission ($135) SAVOR beer festival tickets includes:
* Craft beer and food small plate pairings — a variety of food items and two-ounce tastings of craft beer specifically paired to illustrate how well craft beer and food complement one another
* Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages
* A variety of artisan cheese samples provided by members of the American Cheese Society
* A variety of oysters on the half shell provided by The Choptank Oyster Company
* The opportunity to meet and talk with the owners/brewers of the breweries participating in the event
* A commemorative tasting glass
* An event program with room for tasting notes
* An exit gift
P.S. Tickets are NOT sold at the door or day of event. Get your tickets online early.
Hours of SAVOR are 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm held on June 3 and 4 at the National Building Museum – 401 F St NW Washington, DC 20001
That’s the Savor Beer Festival review in a nutshell.
If you’re looking for a classy, elegant event for all things craft beer, you’ll be delighted to attend this special festival.
Be sure to add Michigan’s Cider Dayze Festival to your beer and hard cider festival as it’s just around the corner for a fun road trip with friends and family to Michigan’s best for even more exclusive drinking selections.