So you can't get to go to the Great American Beer Festival. Too far, too expensive, yada yada yada. Well, for a lucky few of you, SAVOR in D.C. might be an acceptable semi-substitute.
This year's event--rumored/reported in some circles to possibly be the last for the District, at least for the time being--is scheduled for Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9, 2012, from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.at the National Building Museum on F Street NW. The list of participating breweries this year is here.
Beginning April 3, 2012 (10:00 a.m. MT), a limited supply of SAVOR presale tickets will be available exclusively to American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association members. SAVOR tickets will be available for purchase to the general public starting April 5, 2012 (10:00 a.m. MT) via Ticketmaster. (Schedule your vacation days accordingly, if attending is key to your happiness.)
General Admission Ticket: $120 per ticket (Limit of 4 total tickets per customer); Private Tasting Salon and Educational Salon Tickets: $30 (General Admission ticket purchase for same night of the Salon required. Limit of 4 per customer.)
And find your hotel room or crash space. You aren't catching the last MARC train home that late. (Though, to be fair, there IS an option of a 3:15 AM Amtrak departure from Union Station on Saturday morning, Northeast Regional 150, priced at only $11.00 one way...... and also stops at BWI Marshall Airport Station..... which would give you time to explore a couple other D.C. spots like District Chop House, Gordon Biersch, etc. . . .)