The Best Beers and Pairings We Tried at Savor 2013

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Highlights from beer festivals and cocktail celebrations.

[Photographs: Christopher Lehault]

Along with the Great American Beer Festival, Extreme Beer Fest, and Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, Savor is heralded as one of America's premier beer events and one that draws both brewers and patrons from coast to coast. This year, Savor made its way north from Washington, D.C. to New York City. But geography wasn't the only change at this year's festival.

Most notable at this year's Savor was the number of wild and sour ales being offered. While there were only a handful of these hot-topic beers a few years back, it seemed that every other brewer in attendance in New York offered up some brew spiked with brettanomyces, lactobacillus, or a dizzying array of wild micro-organisms. Savor has embraced the funk and the patrons followed suit.

For those overwhelmed by this year's funk-factor, we also noted plenty of flavorful session ales paired up with food at this year's event. We're happy to see these lower-alcohol brews adding to the ever-expanding landscape of American craft beer.

We sipped and sampled our way through this year's Savor, searching for brews that stood out as some of the best beers on the American landscape today. Check out the highlights in the slideshow ยป

Did you attend Savor? Which beers and pairings did you love?