The American Brewers Association, the Boulder, Colo.-based craft beer industry’s trade association, is moving its annual craft beer and food pairing event to New York City in 2013, but for one year only.
The event, called Savor: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, will be held June 14 and 15 at the Metropolitan Pavilion and the adjoining Altman Building, event spaces on West 18th Street in Manhattan. The event typically includes a general tasting and a variety of smaller tasting salons for additional cost.
“Moving Savor to New York City, the culinary capital of the world, in 2013 is an incredible opportunity to showcase craft beer from a diverse sampling of small U.S. producers who have helped shift the perception of beer from something predictable and homogenized into the dynamic, flavorful, food-friendly beverage it is recognized as today,” said Brewers Association chairman and Dogfish Head Brewery owner Sam Calagione.
Savor had been held in Washington, DC, for the past five years and will return there in 2014, the group said.
The event, described by the group as an “intimate and engaging reception, with a menu carefully designed by Brewers Association culinary consultant Adam Dulye, chef/owner of The Monk’s Kettle and The Abbot’s Cellar in San Francisco,” will feature craft brews from around the nation selected by lottery. Guests will be served by the notable personalities behind the craft beer brands and have an opportunity to interact with them during private tastings throughout the two nights.
“Part of our mission as a national, industry association is to promote small and independent craft brewers and their craft brewed beers to audiences around the country,” Calagione added. “Craft brewers, beer lovers and foodies who attend Savor contribute to a historic localization of beer and a shift in the culinary arts world.”
Tickets for Savor go on sale to the public April 17, 2013. A ticket pre-sale exclusively for members of the American Homebrewers Association and the Brewers Association will take place April 16. Ticket prices have not been announced. Last year, general admission tickets, $120 each, sold out quickly via Ticketmaster. Each salon ticket was priced at $30.