SAVOR, an annual beer-and-food-pairing event sponsored by the Brewers Association, will return to DC on June 5. It will be at the National Building Museum. Tickets are $95 and will go on sale next month.

Now in its third year, SAVOR is nothing less than a beer nirvana, a chance to try brews from all over the country, each paired with a tasty morsel or two. But omissions on this year’s roster of participating breweries leaves us scratching our heads. Luckily mid-Atlantic breweries Clipper City, Stoudt’s, Troegs, and Weyerbacher are slated to participate, but as Drew Long at DCFoodies pointed out to us, Flying Dog, Hook & Ladder, and Starr Hill—regional breweries included in last year’s event—are not on the list. And if that doesn’t bother you (and it should… show some love for the home team!), then how about the conspicuous absence of Russian River? Their heavenly concoction Pliny the Elder was a big hit last year.

But… before we start to panic in earnest, maybe some of these breweries are just late to register? One can hope. Meantime, here’s our list of favorite beers from last year’s event.

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