Sunday, May 31, 2009


Sixty eight craft breweries offered their swill to a sold out crowd last night at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Given a program and a two ounce tasting glass we were on a mission to sip as many of the 136 flavors as possible. We hit almost 30 (28 to be exact), which is pathetic but we look forward to doing better next year.

Savor: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience was everything promised and much improved over last year. The 2008 version had three events over 1.5 days in a smaller venue. While there were significantly more people this year the Building Museum is built for these types of shows. There were 15 of four brewers each and the Supporters Circle in the middle of the room. Oh, there was food too.

From the 28 we tried below are the highlights.

The Good
Ulinta, XVI Barley Wine - we don't appreciate this specialty enough
Ska, Milk Stout - reminds us of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Boulevard, Saison - mmm mmm good
Odell, Woodcut No. 2 - would travel to find this brew

The Bad
Schmaltz, Coney Island Albino Python - brewed with fennel, gross
Coronado, Orange Pale Ale - no orange flavor at all

The Forgettable
Star Hill, The Love - there is no love
Hwiner Brau, Kolsch - Miller Lite?
Arcadia, Cocoa-Loco Triple Chocolate Milk Stout - eh


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