SAVOR Craft Beer 2017: New Details, Including Collaboration Beer

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New details on SAVOR Craft Beer 2017 have been released. (Credit: Brewers Association)

The Brewers Association is releasing new details about SAVOR Craft Beer 2017, the annual craft beer and food pairing experience held in Washington, DC.

2017 marks the 10th anniversary for SAVOR, and the event is growing. This year, SAVOR will take up both the main floor as well as the second-floor balcony of DC’s National Building Museum.

You’ll probably want to come hungry. Specialty stations will allow you to indulge in oysters, chocolate, charcuterie, cheese and a sustainable raw bar.

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Those specialty stations are on top of the food pairings you’ll find at each brewery table. The pairings are designed by a team of chefs, led by the Brewers Association’s Executive Chef Adam Dulye. Dulye and his team are designing a menu for a total of 172 beers this year. He’s keeping the menu under tight wraps, but earlier this week he told us how he uses crowdsourcing to create all the pairings.

Besides the expansion of the event, today the BA also announced which breweries will create the exclusive collaboration beer which serves as the parting gift for ticket holders. The breweries who will create the beer for SAVOR 2017 are Virginia’s Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing Company. 2016’s collaboration beer was Pettygrove’s Chance, a sparkling pale ale created by Allagash Brewing Company and Deschutes Brewery.

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Public ticket sales open March 22; if you’re a member of the Brewers Association, you’ll have access to pre-sale tickets on March 21.

The breweries that attend SAVOR are chosen by a lottery system, which means you’ll get exposed to a heap of new beers every year. The list of breweries that were chosen in the lottery was revealed in early February.

In 2017, SAVOR will be held Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3 (the weekend after Memorial Day).

Jess Baker walked into a beer fest in 2010 and realized beer had come a long way from what her dad had been drinking since the 70s. She served as editor-in-chief of from spring 2016 to spring 2020, bringing you stories about the people who are the heartbeat behind U.S. craft brewing. She's a runner, a die-hard Springsteen fan, a mom who is always scouting family-friendly breweries, and always in search of a darn good porter. is fully dedicated to small and independent U.S. breweries. We are published by the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers. Stories and opinions shared on do not imply endorsement by or positions taken by the Brewers Association or its members.