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Tuesday, May 13, 2008
SAVOR is finally here; few tickets remain
The excitement for SAVOR has been growing ever since the announcement was first made during last year's GABF. And for good reason. From Garret Oliver's groundbreaking book a number of years ago to hundreds of beer dinners since, beer lovers (even the most casual) are waking up to the myriad possibilities that the pairing of food and beer provides. Since I'll be heading out to Pittsburgh on Saturday to catch some playoff hockey action between the Flyers and Penguins, I won't be able to make the SAVOR sessions in Washington, D.C. Fortunately, though, I will have just had my own run-in with beer and food at Thursday's dinner with Jim Koch at Monk's Café in Philly. I'll be very anxious to hear the reactions from those that are attending in D.C. There will be thoughtfully paired beers and food items and breakout sessions with the biggest names in craft brewing. Remember not to show up without a ticket, as they will not be available at the door. Though tickets are no longer available on line to Saturday's sessions (Friday is still available on line), they can still be found at local (DC Metro area) establishments. As of now, the weather doesn't look too bad for gallivanting around the city this weekend. If I could, I'd go; it sounds well worth the admission price. If you attend, savor it (sorry, it was too obvious, but yet I did). Ticket Outlets (call ahead for ticket availability): Brickskeller, Washington, DC 202-293-1885 (available at the Lupulin Reunulin event on 5/13 & 5/14) Dogfish Head Alehouse, Gaithersburg, MD 301-963-4847 Dogfish Head Alehouse, Falls Church, VA 703-534-3342 Rock Bottom Brewery, Arlington, VA 703-516-7688 Rock Bottom Brewery, Bethesda, MD 301-652-1311 Details: Friday, May 16, 6:30pm–10:00pm Session; $85 Saturday, May 17, 12:30pm–4:00pm Session $85 Saturday, May 17, 6:30pm–10:00pm Session $85 Included with Ticket Purchase: ~ Samples from a wide variety of savory and sweet appetizers crafted to match the taste profiles of craft beers ~ Access to Educational Salons, which have a Beer and Food focus ~ Commemorative tasting glass ~ 2-ounce samples of specially selected craft beers ~ Souvenir program ~ Craft Beer Tasters Journal ~ Federal City Caterers will orchestrate the food menu.