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'Savor' beer tasting arrives in D.C.

Sunday - 5/11/2014, 3:08pm  ET

WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of craft beer fans got their fix in the nation's capital this weekend.

SAVOR, billed as "an American craft beer & food experience," was held Friday and Saturday nights at the National Building Museum, and featured 70 craft brewers from here and across the country.

"We're very fortunate to be at SAVOR in our first year," says Will Durgin, head brewer at Atlas Brew Works in D.C. "It's really great to be around so many great brewers from all over the country, and to be at one of the premier beer events in the country. We're very honored."

Also on hand was Bill Butcher, who owns Port City Brewing in Alexandria, Va.

"SAVOR's a great event because it really brings together the best in American craft beer with some very creative cuisine," Butcher says. "People are really turned on to the local beer scene, and it's just growing. I still tell people that we have a long way to go, we have a lot of catching up to do to other great beer cities in the U.S., but we certainly have the momentum, we're picking up a head of steam and things are really going well for local craft beer."

"It is literally the finest beer and food event that happens in the United States," says Greg Engert, beer director for the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which includes such D.C. restaurants as Churchkey and Bluejacket Brewery.

And though this year's event is in the books, there's always next time.

"Even if you can't make it, watch out for SAVOR week next year," Engert says. "Because all of these brewers come to town and all of the restaurants and bars throughout D.C. put on incredible events with beers that are out-of-market."

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