Salon Schedule

Entrance to a SAVOR Salon requires purchase of the Grand Tasting + Salon Package.

Private Tasting Salons – A max of 30 people in and informal lounge setting hanging out with the featured brewers tasting specially selected beers to share.

Educational Salons – A max of 90 people in a classroom setting, participating in guided tastings lead by featured brewers. Some with food pairings.

Read the Salon descriptions for details.

Presenters: Jim Koch, Boston Beer
Educational Salon

Auditorium

Join Samuel Adams founder and brewmaster Jim Koch as he discuss the Boston Beer barrel room collection of beers. Learn about their barrel aging program and taste offerings from the series, including the 1993 edition of Triple Bock.

Presenters: Jason Perkins, Allagash Brewing Company; Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery; Steven Pauwels, Boulevards Brewing Co.; Brian O'Reilly, Sly Fox Brewing Co.;
Private Tasting Salon

PC Suite 1

Conditioning a beer in the bottle and letting it come of age before it reaches the consumers’ lips is an art form. Allagash Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, Boulevard Brewing Company and Sly Fox Brewing Company have perfected the art and will discuss the process, benefits and differences in bottle conditioned beers. Each brewery will present one of their bottle conditioned beers for attendees to taste and gain a better understanding of the process.

Presenters: Ryan Brooks, Coronado Brewing Company; Steve Wagner, Stone Brewing Co.; Chuck Silva, Green Flash Brewing Co.
Private Tasting Salon

PC Suite 2

This Salon will include three of the top five craft brewing companies (by volume) in San Diego who have pioneered and redefined West Coast IPAs. Come hear the history of San Diego’s craft culture and taste some of the aggressively hopped IPAs the city is known for.

Presenters: Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon), Rob Tod - Allagash Brewing Company, Jennifer Glanville - Boston Beer; and Phil Wymore - Perennial Artisan Ales
Educational Salon

Auditorium

Who will win the audience’s vote for favorite pairing? Join Julia Herz, publisher of CraftBeer.com, as she moderates this year’s taste off. This Salon—hosted 10 times in the past—is a perennial audience favorite. The format: One succulent food item will be presented and each panelist will be tasked with pairing it with a beer featuring wild yeast. Attendees will decide who did the best job and crown this year’s taste off champion. The wrinkle: our audience judges will not know the brands of the beers being sampled until after the votes are in!

 

Presenters: Wayne Wambles, Cigar City Brewing; Brian Nelson, Hardywood Brewing
Private Tasting Salon

PC Suite 1

Cigar City Brewing Company and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery team up to offer culinary-inspired beers with a dessert theme. The breweries will share, compare and contrast these desserts in a bottle and discuss how each brewery conducts its barrel aging program.

Presenters: Mike Lawinski & Jeff Griffith, FATE Brewing Company
Private Tasting Salon

PC Suite 2

An introduction and intimate glimpse into the world of barrel-aged beers and the various styles that are pushing today’s boundaries. Boulder, Colorado’s FATE Brewing Company will share stories about their barrel aging program and open special-release barrel-aged beers for attendees’ enjoyment.

Presenters: Bill Sysak, Stone Brewing Co.; Tiffany MacIsaac, Golden Brown Delicious
Educational Salon

Auditorium

Join Stone Brewing Co.’s Bill Sysak as he discusses his “master pairings” concepts and his belief that craft beer can pair with any food in the world, including doughnuts! Pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac of GBD will join Bill and discuss her house-made doughnuts as they taste through four fun pairings of Stone Brewing Co. beers and delicious doughnuts.

Presenters: Harpoon Brewery Representative
Private Tasting Salon

PC Suite 1

IPAs remain one of the most popular styles of beer in the nation and the way they taste is often indicative of where the beer is produced. What are the characteristics of these beers and how do they compare to one another? How do the regions impact the way IPAs are brewed? Join John Mallet of Bell’s Brewery, Dan Kenary from Harpoon Brewery, Ron Lindenbusch of Lagunitas Brewing Company and Omar Ansari from Surly Brewing Company as they each pour their markedly different IPAs.

Presenters: Steve Pauwels, Boulevard Brewing Company; Sean-Thomas Pumphrey, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery; Paul Kavulak, Nebraska Brewing Company; Brent Cordle , Odell Brewing Co.
Private Tasting Salon

PC Suite 2

Saisons are a style of farmhouse ale with historical roots in Belgium that was once on the verge of extinction. Their popularity in the U.S. has recently skyrocketed due to craft brewers embracing the style and putting their own twist on it. Join in a tasting of four distinctive saisons brewed by four different breweries who have brought their own artistry to the classic style.

Presenters: David Walker, Firestone Walker Brewing Company; Matt Brophy, Flying Dog Ales
Educational Salon

Auditorium

This year’s SAVOR Collaboration Beer was brewed by Maryland’s Flying Dog Brewery and California’s Firestone Walker Brewing Company. In true East-meets-West fashion, the breweries crafted a small-batch porter with a rich malt bill balanced by a distinct blend of British and American hops. Then the breweries selected two distinct bourbon barrel-aged beers—a brown ale and a stout—and blended all three to make a truly one-of-a-kind offering for SAVOR. In this Salon, you will learn the intricacies of barrel-aging, hear about the blending process and sample the three distinct beers used to make this year’s collaboration beer.

Presenters: Dan Kopman & Stephen Hale, Schlafly Beer
Private Tasting Salon

PC Suite 1

Schlafly Beer is actively engaged in trials of existing and new hop varieties.  They work with growers and dealers to evaluate both hops that are currently being marketed and some that are not even on the market yet.  In this Salon, Schlafly will feature the tasty results of four trials from their 2014 hop program.

Presenters: Eric Biermann & Jon Messier, Lucid Brewing
Private Tasting Salon

PC Suite 2

Some craft beers have been known to share similar characteristics with wine, but this Salon will blur the lines between what is beer and what is wine. Minnesota’s Lucid Brewing has released its Halucidation series, creating a hybrid between the two fermented beverages. Taste these one-of-a-kind beers and hear about the process behind creating them.

Presenters: Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery; Eric Wallace, Left Hand Brewing Company
Educational Salon

Auditorium

Left Hand Brewing Company and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery are two breweries committed to constantly improving beer quality and the beer drinker’s experience. Respective founders Eric Wallace and Sam Calagione have been wondering what impact glassware is having on your beer. Could it be that the serving vessel for our favorite beverage has a significant impact on aroma, taste and the full sensory experience? Join in the conversation as they recall their experiences developing style-specific glassware and a comprehensive tasting with the resulting IPA and stout glasses.

Presenters: John McDonald, Boulevard Brewing Company; Doug Odell, Odell Brewing Company
Private Tasting Salon

PC Suite 1

Join John McDonald, founder of Boulevard Brewing Company, and Doug Odell, founder of Odell Brewing, as they reminisce on the occasion of their breweries turning 25 this year. You’ll enjoy beer favorites from both, paired with small bites, while John and Doug talk about the early days, what motivated them during challenging times, and the climb each brewery took as they flourished into craft brewing icons.

Presenters: Peter Bouckaert, New Belgium Brewing Company; Greg Engert, Bluejacket Brewing; Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery
Private Tasting Salon

PC Suite 2

As collaborative brewing has become a hallmark of the modern craft brewing movement, we see many fun group photos of brewers on social media, but the public has been afforded very few windows into the actual collaborative creative process. This Salon opens that window, exploring and mapping the complex creative collaboration between New Belgium Brewing Company, Bluejacket and Brooklyn Brewery as they set out to craft three distinctive, singular beers to be debuted at SAVOR 2014.

Presenters: Justin "Duke" Havlick, Duke's Small Batch Smoked Meats; Mike Lawinski, FATE Brewing Company; Jason Oliver, Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Educational Salon

Auditorium

In this unique Salon presentation, Duke’s Small Batch Smoked Meats teams up with Devils Backbone Brewing Company and FATE Brewing Company to show attendees that smoked meats and jerky make for a quick, easy, versatile and most importantly, tasty partner for craft beer. Four beers will be perfectly paired with smoked meats and jerky from small batch producer Duke’s.

Presenters: Aimee Quinkert, Jim Cibak, Josh  Deth, & Meg Rutledge, Revolution Brewing
Private Tasting Salon

PC Suite 1

Chicago’s Revolution Brewing has only been around for four years, but they’ve had a productive barrel aging program since day one. Come taste barrel-aged highlights from their first four years of brewing. Attendees will sample Deth’s Tar imperial stout, Mean Gene and Bean Gene porters, and 3rd Year Beer wheat barley wine.

Presenters: Ken Lee, Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company; Daniel Harrison, Country Boy Brewing
Private Tasting Salon

PC Suite 2

In this Salon, two breweries from deep in bourbon country discuss aging beer in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company and Country Boy Brewing team up to pour two barrel-aged selections each. The breweries will host a discussion on different types of barrel aging and the tasting notes that come from bourbon barrels.