In two weeks, 86 breweries and 173 of their finest beers will descend upon the National Building Museum for the tenth annual SAVOR. Here’s your chance to score two free tickets.
First, some background, in case you need it. Organized by the Brewers Association, the Friday and Saturday event remains one of the country’s premier beer gatherings. Why? Well, we recapped SAVOR last year (and the week leading up to it), but the TL;DR version boils down to the quality and scale of the beer. This is your chance to try adored but small and out-of-market operations like Kentucky’s Country Boy Brewing, Oregon’s Crux, and New Mexico’s La Cumbre. And even the breweries you might already be familiar with – say, Chicago’s Half Acre, Colorado’s Odell, or New Jersey’s Flying Fish – bring new or rarer beers that they’re most excited about. It’s just an abundance of riches. Honestly, you could just post up at the Perennial Artisan Ales station, drink Funky Wit all night, and be happy.
And because it’s a big (and competitive) deal to appear at SAVOR, most of the people pouring your beer will be brewers and owners, so this is a prime chance to geek out. Also, each station has a food pairing if you’re trying to live to see the next day. This year, participating chefs include Mike Friedman of Red Hen and All-Purpose, Philadelphia restaurateur Marc Vetri, Arcana’s Kyle Mendenhall, Nathan Anda of Red Apron Butcher, and Choptank Oyster Company.
OK, with that out of the way, enter to win tickets here. Note: This is for the Friday, June 2 session.
We’ll announce our winner on May 25th. If you’d rather play it safe – or attend the Saturday, June 3 session – tickets are still available.
SAVOR isn’t all about out-of-town beer, though! The event also showcases some of our best homegrown brews. Check out the list of local participating breweries below, paired with recent profiles by our beer feature writer Philip Runco.
Union Craft – Freshly Tapped: Lucifer’s Trees
Bluejacket – Freshly Tapped: Raised on Promises
Flying Dog – Tap Takeover: Flying Dog
And if you’re doing the math on how we got to 173 beers, we counted this year’s collaboration beer: SAVOR X. Coming from the minds at Richmond’s rapidly growing Hardywood and Fort Collin’s institutional New Belgium, the 2017 parting gift is a Baltic porter brewed with Virginia-sourced hops and Colorado-sourced cocoa husks. Clocking in at 10%, it’s a doozy, but I’m betting it’ll go down pretty smooth.