Time to SAVOR

Photo courtesy of MeIf you’re looking for an eating treat this weekend, The Brewers Association has an option for you tonight or in one of two time-slots tomorrow: “SAVOR: An American craft beer & food experience.” They have a lot of verbiage to describe and promote it, but I’d boil it down to this: Why should the wine drinkers have all the fun?

This is an event for people, like me, who think that beer & food go together every bit as well and with just as much potential subtlety as wine & food. To that end, there’s sub-sessions – which they call their salons – that will examine beer & cheese pairings, beer & dips, beer & the offerings of the Chesapeake bay (seeing a trend here?). You might want to check the schedule of salons before you commit to a certain session, since they’re different and not repeated. I’ll be there tonight and hope I can fit into the beer & cheese session. Dips interests me less – I get enough of them in my professional life. [insert high-hat ba-dum-DUM here]

Even if you don’t join the salons the selection of food and beer that is promised to be on hand to sample is prodigious. The participating brewery list is mouth-watering, with a range from locals Starr Hill Brewing Company and Williamsburg AleWerks to semi-locals like Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and crossing all the way to California with stops along the way. Excitingly I don’t recognize about a third of the names, meaning new beer to try.

At $85 it’s not the cheapest food and beverage event ever, but with close to 100 beers to sample it compares very favorably with the kind of wine events I’ve told you about from the Giramondo company, for example, where you sample 4-9 wines at a cost of around $60, and is well in line with the tasting menus at a lot of restaurants.

Photo by Souders Studios as seen in The Best of American Beer and Food

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