Brewers Association Adds Second Night to Popular Washington, D.C. Event
Now in its fourth year, SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience returns to Washington, D.C. and expands from one to two nights. Presented by the Brewers Association (organizers of the Great American Beer Festival®), SAVOR, the benchmark of beer and food events, is a must-attend happening for beer lovers and foodies alike.
Attendees will sample craft beers from 72 small and independent craft brewers who team up with a duo of expert chefs to pair each craft beer with delicious savory and sweet dishes. Educational salons and private tasting salons will provide additional opportunities for attendees to interact with some of America’s most talented craft brewers and chefs.
Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4, 2011, 7:30 – 11:00 PM
National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
SAVOR’s rapid growth is strong evidence of the public’s appetite for craft beer along with food that complements and accentuates this artfully brewed beverage. In 2010, the event sold out in less than one day, which is why SAVOR has expanded to two nights for 2011. This year promises to be another memorable event for attendees looking to taste the best that America’s small and independent craft brewers have to offer.
SAVOR tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday, March 3, at SavorCraftBeer.com. General Admission tickets for Friday, June 3 or Saturday, June 4 are $110 and SAVOR Salons are $30 per Salon. Note: Tickets will not be available for sale onsite.
NEW FOR 2011:
Two Expert Chefs Orchestrate Pairings
This year’s menu items and pairings will be carefully designed by expert beer and food pairing chefs from both coasts: Adam Dulye of Monk’s Kettle in San Francisco and Teddy Folkman of Granville Moore’s in Washington, D,C,. The chefs will collaborate with Federal City Catering to create a memorable dining experience.
Adam Dulye’s experience presenting a beer paired dinner at the James Beard House in New York is a testament to his skills. Currently the executive chef at gastropub Monk’s Kettle in San Francisco, Adam was previously the chef at Euclid Hall in Denver and created the craft beer and food pairings presented at the Great American Beer Festival Farm to Table pavilion. He also presented beer and food pairings at the 2009 and 2010 Aspen Food and Wine Festival.
From the East coast, SAVOR welcomes Executive Chef Teddy Folkman of Granville Moore’s in Washington, D.C. Teddy was a participant on season 5 of the show “The Next Food Network Star” and also won an episode of “Throwdown with Bobby Flay.”
Educational Salons and Private Tasting Salons
Nine ticketed Educational Salons, seating 90 people in an auditorium, will feature the culinary and brewing artistry of chefs and craft brewers along with in-depth discussions of flavor and pairings. Some highlights include:
Flying Dog Brewery will team up with Chef Bryan Voltaggio of VOLT restaurant. Voltaggio is a highly accomplished chef and runner-up in season 6 of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” The Salon will conclude with the world premiere of the first Flying Dog and Bryan Voltaggio culinary collaboration beer-brewed specifically to pair with VOLT’s eclectic and ever-evolving menu.
Discover the fascinating experience and the fundamental taste of umami. Join Brewers Association President Charlie Papazian as he reveals the basics of why beer and food often create a “wow” experience when paired. First presented in October 2010 at Slow Food’s Salone del Gusto in Italy, Charlie will discuss and demonstrate umami character by presenting food and craft beer combinations. The “wow” of food and beer combination is not about their marriage, but rather the “child” which emerges.
Julia Herz of CraftBeer.com/Brewers Association will moderate and mediate between brewer, chef and journalist contenders competing to win the audience’s vote on their favorite pairing. Principles of beer and food pairing will be covered and take-away attendee resources will be provided. The format is quick, to the point, educational and challenges the audience to think like pairing judges.
Twelve Private Tasting Salons, seating 30 people in an informal lounge setting, will feature some of the “rock stars” of craft brewing. The Private Tasting Salons offer an intimate setting and the opportunity to ask questions and hear stories from icons such as Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada and others TBA.
Full-Size Stemmed Glassware
For the first time ever, SAVOR attendees will receive full-size commemorative glassware for sampling at the event and later for personal use. While sometimes considered peripheral, correct glassware helps great craft beers truly shine-SAVOR aficionados will surely taste the difference!