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Not only do you get to sample 172 brews from 86 breweries from across the country, but each one is paired with delectable foods by the Brewers Association Head Chef, Adam Dulye.

CMBC does SAVOR

Beer festivals are always a good time. Like… a seriously good time.

But… let’s face it, “classy” is not exactly the first adjective that springs to mind when you’re talking about beer festivals.

Unless you’re talking about the Brewers Association’s SAVOR.

CMBC will be heading down to DC this weekend with Director of Brewing Operations Jimmy Valm, Brewer Andrew Ewing, Assistant Tasting Room Manager Dan Petela, and Sales Manager Richie Rallo for the granddaddy of all beer festivals.

So what makes SAVOR so special?

Well, for one, it’s in the National Building Museum in DC. It’s not in some warehouse-looking convention hall or outside in the rain. It’s a museum dedicated to architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning.

And check out these columns! At 75 feet tall and 8 feet around, they’re some of the largest in the world.

Photo courtesy Brewers Association

You know… this place is kinda awesome.

Then, not only do you get to sample 172 brews from 86 breweries from across the country, but each one is paired with delectable foods by the Brewers Association Head Chef, Adam Dulye.

And he paired some pretty yummy dishes with our brews.

We’re sending The Topsail, which Chef Dulye paired with a green coconut curry, papaya salad with Thai basil. Chef says, “The earthy and sour flavors from the beer will combine with the creaminess of the curry and the pop of the papaya.”

We’re also sending Honey Porter, which Chef Dulye paired with a braised oxtail with roasted shallots, fried garlic, and toasted sesame. Chef says, “The delicate flavors of malt and honey are accented by the rich oxtail. The sesame will help highlight both the malt and honey.”

Please bring some back, guys!

But the coolest thing about SAVOR is that it’s not the events staff working the booths. If the brewery is there, they have to send the higher-ups, so it’s your chance to meet and talk with the brewers and the folks intimately involved with the brewing of the beer.

SAVOR’s no joke. The Washington Post called it the “gold standard” of beer festivals and “one of the most important beer festivals in America.”

Pretty lofty praise.

SAVOR runs Friday and Saturday, and tickets are still available. (And… check that site to see who made the cover photo!) It’s one of the best beer festivals in the country, and you don’t want to miss it.

Check this space for pics of what went down.