|Savor DC 2011|
As a craft beer loving blogger -- this girl loves her beer (and wine) -- I am so happy that beer pairings are catching up to those of wine (perhaps even surpassing the latter on the innovation front) and capturing the imagination of foodies. Last night I was delighted to attend for first time Savor: An American Craft Beer and Food Experience, an annual event showcasing the technique of matching cutting-edge craft beer with food.
Now we know Washingtonians likes their beer. We are fortunate to have the passion of Greg Engert of Birch and Barley and its sister restaurants in our backyard, but if the crowds at last night's event were any indication, DC is thirsty for more. Last year Savor sold out in minutes, and even with the addition of another night this time around, tickets once again proved hot commodities in this its forth year. This year the National Building Museum was filled with:
- 72 craft breweries,
- 82,000 prepared menu items (not including cheese, oysters or sushi),
- 1,705+ gallons of beer,
- 20,000 pounds of ice,
- 2,000 attendees,
- 250 pounds of artisan cheese,
- 2,000 sushi rolls,
- 2,200 artisan chocolate truffles, and
So be on the lookout for Savor 2012 -- it is a can't miss for beer lovers; just be ready to buy tickets the second they go on sale. While NKOTB was performing the same night down the block, I think Savor was the hottest ticket in town.