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savormedia_08CMBC is all up in DC’s business this week. Two great events on tap: SAVOR DC and the annual Brewers Association Hill Climb.

Beer and food. That’s what SAVOR DC is all about. As craft beer continues to grow in popularity, we’ve steadily been making headway in the culinary world as legitimate fine dining fare. On June 3rd and 4th, SAVOR DC brings together 76 small and independent craft breweries from 28 states and Washington DC, pairing their most delectable brews with enticing dishes curated by Chef Adam Dulye, Brewers Association executive chef.

CMBC is bringing along Coastal Evacuation and Devil’s Reach. Chef Dulye has paired Shrimp and Grits with Coastal Evacuation. “A little bit of heat added to the grits allows the hops to shine, while the crisp outer shell of the bite pulls the malt forward to balance the hops,” he says.

Devil’s Reach is being paired with sardines, buttered radishes, rye, hard boiled egg, and chives. “Classic Nordic flavors of umami, salt and grain work together to showcase what a Belgian yeast strain can do on the palate.”

SAVOR also provides attendees with opportunities to broaden their knowledge in tasting Salons — eighteen educational experiences throughout the weekend. With such titles as “Advanced Beer and Cheese Pairings” and “Beer as Dessert” (there needs to be a class on that?!?), each Salon is lead by two collaborating breweries sharing their brews, so not only will you get some valuable information for your next pairing party, but you’ll be able to meet some of the rock stars of the brewing world in the process.

Tickets are on sale now. Get down to DC this weekend and get some good eats and better brews.

BA_Position-510x600The day before SAVOR DC is the Brewers Association annual Hill Climb. Which hill are they climbing, you ask? Well, there’s only one hill in DC that matters: Capitol Hill. It’s a pretty easy climb, but getting to the top can take some hard work.

“The annual Hill Climb is our chance to sit down with elected officials to discuss what’s going on in the industry,” Ryan says. “And what’s on everyone’s mind right now is the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. This important legislation will effectively halve most breweries’ excise liability.”

Ryan will get a chance to meet with some of his counterparts from across the country and devise a game plan. The trick, he says, will be convincing House and Senate members who aren’t already co-sponsors of the bill or members of their respective Small Brewers Caucuses to add their support to the act.

“The prospects look good,” Ryan says. “I’m looking forward to working with Congress to see this measure passed.”

We’re pulling for you, Ryan! Check back next week to see how the day went.