Self-proclaimed beer snobs, consider this your save the date: the 2012 Savor craft beer festival (sorry — “An American Craft Beer & Food Experience) is set for 7:30 to 11 p.m. June 8 and 9 at the National Building Museum.
Tickets for the event — which has been known to sell out in as little as 10 minutes — go on sale to the general public at noon on Thursday, April 5, through Ticketmaster (they’re on sale April 3 for members of the American Homebrewers Association or the Brewers Assocation, which coordinates the event).
The $120 ticket includes unlimited tastings of rare, seasonal and varied beers from 74 small breweries across the United States and unlimited food pairings — think oysters on the half shell and artisanal cheeses . I still have photos on my iPhone of some of the best beers I tried at last year’s event: a sublime smoked porter from the Alaskan Brewing Company; the tart Marron Acidifie collaboration brew from the Bruery and Cigar City Brewing; and Flying Fish Brewery’s Exit 4 American Trippel (winner of the Food section’s 2011 Beer Madness pool), paired with banana bread.
If you’ve been on the fence about shelling out for tickets in the past, you might want to take the plunge. Speculation suggests Savor is headed for New York City in 2013.
But even if you don’t manage to get tickets, you’re not completely out of luck: With so many breweries making rare trips to D.C. during Savor, there are always countless tasting events and pairing dinners that will cost you a lot less.
I’m looking forward this, as are many of you, I would imagine. Is $120 something you’re willing to spend on a three-and-a-half hour craft beer open bar and buffet? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter using #savorthoughts.