After a one-year hiatus, the Savor Craft Beer Festival returns to the National Building Museum on May 9 and 10. (The 2013 festival was held in New York City while the traveling Craft Brewers Conference spent the week in D.C.) Savor is the ultimate event for craft beer lovers, with unlimited samples of ales and lagers from 76 different American breweries, and a chance to hobnob with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head, Garrett Oliver of the Brooklyn Brewery and other hophead celebrities.
The cost is $135 per night, or $155 if you want to attend a one-hour "Grand Tasting" salon. Salons must be purchased when you buy the main ticket, so make sure you browse the options -- from barrel-aging beer with Sam Adams founder Jim Koch, to an introduction to new experimental hop strains with brewers from Schlafly -- in advance.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Wednesday at noon, following a pre-sale to members of the Brewers Association and American Homebrew Association. The Brewers Association, which organizes Savor, won't say how many tickets they expect to be available, but note that the 2012 event at the National Building Museum sold out in less than 30 minutes. In other words, be on Savor's Ticketmaster site early tomorrow.