SAVOR, the Brewers Association’s annual craft beer and food extravaganza, returns to the National Building Museum for a sixth year of hob-knobbing and hops-gobbling this weekend. Tickets for the fancy affair have long been sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t join the fun. Once again, bars and restaurants have put together a week’s worth of events celebrating beer, including many from the brewers in town for SAVOR, as well as other breweries from D.C. and around the world.
Out of over 70 events to choose from, here are highlights for each day of the week:
4 Hands Tap Takeover at ChurchKey, 6 p.m. to close
Welcome St. Louis’ 4 Hands Brewing to D.C. by sampling from 10 drafts. Standouts include Madagascar, an Imperial milk stout aged in bourbon barrels with whole vanilla beans, and Super Flare, an IPA with mango, guava, and Brettanomyces (wild yeast) brewed in collaboration with Wicked Weed Brewing. As with most tap takeovers, there is no admission fee; beers are pay as you go.
Monday Night Beer Club at Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown, 6 to 10 p.m.
This month’s meeting features 12 beers from London’s Weird Beard Brewing, and D.C.’s very own 3 Stars. Among them will be Paradiso: Sun, a rustic farmhouse ale brewed with cedar tips that is part of a series inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. Don’t forget: Entry is granted via the restaurant’s back door only. (Luckily, there’ no secret knock.)
The Craft of Comedy at The Big Hunt, 7 to 11 p.m.
In its third year, this stand-up, drink-up combo will feature local comedians and 10 beers from five breweries: 3 Stars, Atlas Brew Works, Lagunitas, Sam Adams, and Victory. Admission is free, and beers are pay as you go, with each beer ordered offering the chance to win a pair of tickets to SAVOR and other beer-centric raffle prizes. Read more Where to Drink During SAVOR Week