DC Beer’s Richard speaks with the Brewers Association (BA) Executive Chef Adam Dulye about his work to promote the value and compatibility of craft beer and cuisine. Chef Adam also gives a preview of what to expect at this year’s SAVOR (which will be held on May 15 at the Anthem).

Adam Dulye, Executive Chef at the Brewers Association and mastermind of SAVOR.
Adam Dulye, Executive Chef at the Brewers Association and mastermind of SAVOR.

The Art of Food and Beer Pairings

Chef Adam is a longtime chef who always had an appreciation for beer. He began collaborating with the BA on food and beer pairings over a decade ago for the annual Great American Beer Festival. His work with BA grew over time, and he eventually became BA’s Executive Chef in 2015. 

As Executive Chef, Adam leads BA’s efforts in preparing food and beer pairings for major events across the country. He also engages in educational programs and training sessions to teach craft breweries and restaurants about the art of food and beer pairings. Chef Adam is proud that a growing number of American restaurants now offer beer pairing recommendations on their menus. 


A New Venue for a Growing Event

The National Building Museum has been a great host for BA’s annual SAVOR event over the past several years. With SAVOR’s continued growth, however, it needed a location change. This year, SAVOR will take place at the popular DC concert hall, the Anthem. Chef Adam is excited to work in this state-of-the-art building that will allow his team to be more creative and flexible.

What to Expect at This Year’s SAVOR

SAVOR 2020 will continue the tradition of offering great craft beer paired with great food from across the country. This year, 118 breweries will be represented–an all-time high. What’s more, 42 percent of these breweries are joining SAVOR for the first time. Chef Adam believes that 2020 will be SAVOR’s most wide-ranging and creative beer scene yet.

Chef Adam is thrilled that the local DC food scene continues to increase its involvement in SAVOR. This year will include participation from Mike Friedman of local DC restaurants The Red Hen and All Purpose. SAVOR is also offering a VIP area, where four chefs (including Friedman) will be making one-off pairings at their own separate stations. Outside of the VIP area, the entire crowd will enjoy a diverse set of about 65 menu items. This year’s menu has a heavy focus on vegetable dishes and tropical offerings.

SAVOR tickets go on sale to the general beginning Wednesday, February 19. Be sure to buy your ticket for one of the best DC beer events of the year!

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