Each June, D.C. is flooded by the best craft brewers in the country. It’s all part of the annual Savor festival, a two-night tasting event featuring 90 outstanding beers and food.
This year’s event happens this coming weekend, June 1 and 2, and the National Building Museum (401 F St. NW). Each night runs from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., which is almost enough time to try all of the tasty brews on hand. The only downside is the cost – general admission tickets run $135 a pop.
That’s certainly not a low price. But beer lovers don’t need to hang their heads or feel totally left out. Area bars and restaurants team up with breweries all throughout the week leading up to Savor for tap takeovers and beer specials. Here are some of the best events to mark on the calendar this week:
Wednesday, May 30
Be a beer superhero at Jack Rose Dining Saloon’s (2007 18th St. NW) “Brewvengers Assemble! Drinkfinity War!” party from 7:30 p.m to midnight on the rooftop. The bar will welcome 11 brewers, including Ninkasi, 4 Hands, and Alexandria’s Port City. Each beer will be paired with a bourbon or whiskey. Show up in the downstairs dining room from 5 to 7:30 p.m. to enjoy the featured beers for $2 off.
Thursday, May 31
Denver’s Crooked Stave beer will be rolling their kegs into The Sovereign (1206 Wisconsin Ave. NW) in Georgetown. The Belgian-inspired bar will have ten beers on hand, none of which are typically distributed in the D.C. market. Sip on selections including the HopSavant, an oak barrel-aged brett IPA, a sour peach ale, and plenty more.
Friday, June 1
D.C. and Richmond come together Friday night at Free State Atlantic Bar (501b G St. NW), just a few blocks from the main SAVOR event. Forget the bar’s Maryland theme for a night and come by for pints from Ardent Craft Ales and DC Brau. Special beers will include a honey ginger ale, a hazy ipa, and a barrel-aged Stone or Arbroath.
Saturday, June 2
Hop a free cross-town trolley for an East vs. West beer crawl hosted from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.. Guests can travel between City Tap House locations at Dupont Circle (1250 Connecticut Ave. NW) and Penn Quarter (901 9th St. NW) for a taste of both coasts. Dupont will feature 40 West Coast drafts from brewers like Stone and Anderson Valley, while Penn Quarter will dedicate it’s 40 draft lines to more local favorites like 3 Stars, Right Proper, Dogfish Head, and others. There will be appropriate food to match, from fish tacos to lobster rolls. Sister restaurant Pennsylvania 6 (1350 I St. NW) is hosting as well, with Allagash beers and oysters. Anyone who gets stamp from all three stops will receive a free beer.