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Three local breweries win spots at this year’s SAVOR

DC Brau will be one of several area breweries showcasing two beers at this year's SAVOR festival. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Among the 75 breweries that will be pouring two beers each are DC Brau, Capitol City Brewing Co. in Arlington and Alexandria -based Port City Brewing Co. They were selected from among 160 breweries that entered a lottery that closed on Jan. 18. The complete list of winners, announced last week, can be viewed on SAVOR’s Web site.

This will be the first time for newbies DC Brau and Port City, neither of which were in operation at the time of the 2011 lottery. “We are thrilled to be a part of this great event,” e-mailed Port City’s founder Bill Butcher. “While we have not yet received any guidance from the Brewers Association, I anticipate that we will serve our Optimal Wit and porter.”

Brandon Skall, CEO of DC Brau, said he would probably pour one of his pale ales and one dark beer, although he wasn’t sure whether the dark beer would be the brewery’s Penn Quarter Porter or a yet-to-be-brewed special offering.

Capitol City last served beer at SAVOR in 2010, after a place became available as a result of a last-minute cancellation. “We definitely feel lucky to be in,” said director of brewing operations Mike McCarthy. One of his two beers, he added, will be a bourbon-barrel-aged version of Fuel, Capitol City’s coffee stout. For the second offering, he said he was “leaning toward” his Triple/Double, a double IPA fermented with a Belgian yeast strain.

Other Virginia breweries selected in the SAVOR lottery include two brewpubs,Vintage 50 in Leesburg and the River Company Restaurant and Brewery in Fairlawn as well as Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, a microbrewery that opened in Richmond last October.

Fifteen breweries received an automatic berth for helping to sponsor the event; they include Devils Backbone Brewing Co. in Roseland, Va., and Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Maryland’s only entry in the festival.

Tickets to SAVOR 2012, which will take place June 8 and 9, will cost $120 (up $10 from last year), plus an extra $30 for admittance to the educational salons that accompany the event. Tickets for the general public will become available via Ticketmaster on Thursday, April 5, at noon Eastern Time. For more information, check out SAVOR’s site.


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