SAVOR History

2022: SAVOR Returns After Two-Year Hiatus

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, SAVOR  returns and at a new venue,  The Anthem, a new $60 million waterfront venue, and a space that will accommodate 30 percent more breweries. than previous events.  Two Roads Brewing created this year’s commemorative beer- a table beer  with a distinctive peppery, tropical fruit edge. Perfect at any table.

2019: One Night of Beer and Food Bliss

In 2019, SAVOR provided guests with a single night of pairing bliss, with the event moving from two evenings to one. Attendees wasted no time seeking out the many unique pairings available while also chatting up brewers about their beers. Every SAVOR guest departed with a devilishly delicious beer from the Lost Abbey: SAVOR SIN, an American wild ale with blood oranges and guava.

2018: The Pursuit of Pairing Perfection

The 11th edition of SAVOR made good on its mission: Elevate the conversation around beer and food. Port City Brewing Company and Crux Fermentation Project joined forces to create a commemorative beer worthy of the occasion: a barrel aged imperial wit brewed with wine grapes.

2017: Savoring Ten Flavorful Years

Celebrating a decade in D.C., the tenth annual SAVOR offered expanded opportunity for an intimate crowd to discover craft beers produced by 86 budding and venerable small and independent breweries – 10 more breweries than in 2016. A new grand marketplace format allowed guests to sample 172 craft beers showcased alongside a carefully curated menu designed for perfect pairings. Event recap.

2016: Savoring the undiscovered

During the ninth annual SAVOR, some 4,000 attendees enjoyed an event like no other in terms of access to craft brewers, education and pairings at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on June 3 and 4, 2016. With a focus on discovery—given that 96 percent of the country’s breweries do not distribute outside their state of origin—attendees enjoyed beers from a variety of both established and emerging small and independent breweries from all corners of the U.S. Event recap.

2015: Pitch perfect pairings

The harmonization between craft beer and food was on full display at the eighth annual SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on June 5 and 6. Event recap.

2014: Back to D.C.

SAVOR returned to the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on May 9 and 10, 2014 with another great lineup of craft breweries and delicious food paired with their beers, along with a host of tasty and educational Salons. Event recap.

2013: SAVOR takes place in NYC

For its sixth year, SAVOR moved to Manhattan. In 2013, SAVOR was held on June 14 and 15 at the Metropolitan Pavilion and adjoining Altman Building in Manhattan. Event recap.

2012: Yet more breweries

In 2012, brewers and owners from 74 small and independent craft breweries from around the country poured their beers at SAVOR. For 2012, Boulevard Brewing Co. and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. partnered to create Terra Incognita—a collaboration beer exclusively for SAVOR attendees to taste at the event and receive as an exit gift.

2011: More breweries, new collaboration beer

In 2011, 72 small and independent U.S. brewers delighted the palettes of SAVOR attendees with a selection of 144 craft beers. The event doubled from one evening to two, a response to the high demand for the SAVOR experience. Adam Dulye, executive chef at San Francisco’s premier gastropub, The Monk’s Kettle and chef/owner at The Abbot’s Cellar, became the official SAVOR beer and food pairing chef consultant, elevating the beer and food pairings at the event. As of 2012, Chef Adam continues to consult for the event. Also for the first time in 2011, SAVOR attendees’ exit gift was an exclusive collaboration beer, brewed this year by Samuel Adams and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, and dubbed SAVOR Flowers.

2010: Record sell-out

Public admission tickets for the 2010 edition of SAVOR sold out in approximately 10 minutes.

2009: New location, expanded Salons

In its second year, SAVOR moved to the National Building Museum and grew from offering one Private Tasting Salon to presenting a variety of Educational Salons and Private Tasting Salons. There were 68 craft breweries pouring two beers each for eager attendees. The second edition of SAVOR also saw the addition of SAVOR partners the Choptank Oyster Company and American Cheese Society to further enhance attendees’ culinary experience.

2008: SAVOR debuts

The first SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience was held at Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. At a much smaller scale than a typical beer festival, the first edition of SAVOR allowed guests to enjoy a reception-style sampling of sweet and savory appetizers paired with two different craft beers from 48 small and independent breweries. Attendees also had the unique opportunity to converse with the luminaries of the craft beer industry—brewery owners, brewers and representatives who are personally serving their beer. These tenets—carefully crafted pairings, and the opportunity to interact directly with the exciting personalities of the craft brewing world—remain at the heart of SAVOR today.