Local Breweries Headed to the Big Apple for SAVOR

Craft Beer + Food is the beer and food pairing event that my wife and I have organized and hosted for the past two years in Seattle. We combine ten local restaurants with ten local breweries, inviting the chefs and the brewmasters to get creative and come up with beer + food pairings. It is an amazing event, if I do say so myself. Craft Beer + Food is sort of like a local, smaller version of SAVOR.

SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience is the annual beer and food event orchestrated by the Brewers Association. This year SAVOR takes place in New York City on June 14 and 15. It is, perhaps, the nation’s top beer and food event, featuring beer from breweries across the country paired with elegant, delicious dishes. Only four Washington breweries were selected to participate this year: Odin Brewing, Elysian Brewing, No-Li Brewing and Brickyard Brewing. Four more breweries will represent Oregon: Ninkasi Brewing, Burnside Brewing, Oakshire Brewing and Full Sail Brewing.














Tickets for SAVOR are not easy to get. Members of the Brewers Association get first crack. Any remaining tickets are then made available to the public. They do not last long.

It is also difficult for breweries to participate. The event features 76 breweries. We live in a nation of more than 2,000 breweries. You do the math. Breweries interested in participating sign up to participate in a lottery. Of course, a brewery can to be a sponsor of the event, essentially buying its way in, but that is an expense beyond many American craft breweries. I have no idea about this year, but I do know that last year 160 breweries entered the lottery.




Usually SAVOR has taken place in Washington, DC. This year the Brewers Association decided to move it to New York City. SAVOR takes place on June 14 and 15 at the Metropolitan Pavilion and adjoining Altman Building in Manhattan. The plan is for SAVOR to move back to Washington, DC in 2014.  Washington, DC is hosting the Craft Brewers Conference this year; I suppose the Brewers Association decided to spread the love a bit.

Here is the complete list of breweries participating SAVOR 2013:


21st Amendment

Abita Brewing Company

Allagash Brewing Company

Ballast Point Brewing Co.

Bell’s Brewery Inc.

Big River Brewing Company

Blackberry Farm Brewery

Boulevard Brewing Co.

Brewery Ommegang

Brickyard Brewing

Brooklyn Brewery

Bull & Bush Brewery

Burnside Brewing Co

Cape May Brewing Company

Cigar City Brewing

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crux Fermentation Project

Denver Beer Co

Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Elysian Brewing Company

Empire Brewing Company

Epic Brewing Company

Evolution Craft Brewing Co.

Fat Heads Brewery

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Flying Dog Brewery

Founders Brewing Company

Front Street Brewery

Full Sail Brewing Company

Harpoon Brewery

Heavy Seas Beers

Hops & Grain Brewing

Joseph James Brewing Company

Kane Brewing Company

Krebs Brewing Co. Inc.

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Lakewood Brewing Company

Laughing Sun Brewing Company

Left Hand Brewing Company

Legend Brewing Co.

Linden Street Brewery

Manayunk Brewery

New Belgium Brewing Company

Newburgh Brewing Company

Ninkasi Brewing Company

No-Li Brewhouse

Noble Ale Works

Oakshire Brewing

Odin Brewing

Olde Burnside Brewing

Port Jeff Brewing Company

RJ Rockers Brewing Company

Samuel Adams

Sante Fe Brewing Co.

Saranac Brewery

Schlafly Beer

Short’s Brewing Company

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Smoky Mountain Brewery

Spring House Brewing Company

Starr Hill Brewery

Stone Brewing Co.

Summit Brewing Company

Terrapin Beer Co.

The Brewer’s Art

The Bronx Brewery

The Bruery

The Lost Abbey

Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

Three Floyds Brewing Co

Upland Brewing Co.

Wild Wolf Brewing Company

Willimantic Brewing Company

Willoughby Brewing Company

Yazoo Brewing