In case you think we don't pay attention to the requests for #content that we get, we're providing this quick list of SAVOR Do's and Don'ts in response to a request we got from Twitter. Note that we won't respond to all of your requests. For example, the repeated attempt to get us to do a "Wild Safari Beer Pairing" post is not going to happen. We have no idea what pairs well with zebra, and we don't want to find out.
Anyway, there are apparently some first-timers for SAVOR out there who want to know what they should expect and if we have any tips or tricks for them.
It turns out, we do! Here we go. Follow these instructions TO THE LETTER and you are guaranteed* to have the greatest night of your life except for junior prom.
First of all, safety first: DO take Metro, taxi, or have a designated driver get you home. You will not be in any shape to drive yourself or others home after SAVOR. You paid this much money for tickets, an extra $20-30 for a cab is not going to hurt you.
DO eat a meal before you go. Although SAVOR is billed as a food and beer experience, we've found it difficult in prior years to get a full meal (especially considering the amount of high-gravity beer) out of the event. You don't want to go gut-bustingly full, after all there will be food there that you'll want to try, but if you go famished, you will probably turn into a sloppy mess within the first hour, and everyone will judge the everloving shit out of you.
DON'T spend the whole night hunting a carefully tailored list of beers. Pick a few "must-haves" and then just mingle. You might think this is odd advice coming from a site that curates a Top 25 Can't Miss Beer List (which is coming sometime today, probably), but our list is intended to help you find some of those "must-haves." Realistically no one gets all 25. Not even us, and we are pretty good at things.
DON'T pregame. If you still want to drink more after SAVOR, there are plenty of after parties.
DO make sure to talk to a brewer from a producer you've never heard of before.
DON'T do what Donny Don't does.
DO show up on time. You paid lots for the night, might as well make the most of it.
DON'T dress like a schlub, but DON'T trot out the tux and tails, either. Aim for a comfortable in-between.
*Not a guarantee.