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July 2014

Beer Fest in the Capitol's Shadow

Posted: Jul 3, 2014 4:30am ET

Amid the surplus of alabaster buildings that surround the National Mall in Washington D.C. stands proud a pleasant outlier: the Pension Building. Home of the National Building Museum, the massive red-brick structure, a sterling example of Italian Renaissance design, sticks out like a stout in an IPA flight. And that's a good thing, because at the moment I was a bit lost, nervously meandering along D.C.'s sidewalks, looking for any sense of familiarity. I had left my cab on 11th St. NW because it was stuck in traffic, and I didn't want to miss a minute of Savor 2014, the craft beer festival that took place in the Great Hall of the Pension Building. Just when I was about to ditch my pride and ask for directions, I spotted the venue in the near-distance and guided myself to its entrance. It feels like a week doesn't go by without a craft beer festival occurring. From obscure, loosely organized gatherings where breweries agree to serve one beer style only to large fetes celebrating the craft industry of an entire city or region, the craft beer festival scene is alive and well in America.

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