On Saturday January 25th, 2014, my husband and I got the opportunity to attend this year’s Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival – and what a festival it was! I have not had this much fun in a long time. There was something for everyone and then some.
The Festival was divided into three different sessions: the first session was called The Bacon Bash Tasting Session from noon till 4:00 pm; second session was called The Whole Hog Pig Pickin’ Session from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, and the third and last session was the entire day with a specialty tasting between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm, The Grand Poobah Session.
From the word go, it was a fun event – nothing was missing and the crowd was just the right size so that when you got to a line it would not be too long. There was so much to choose from that I recommend that you look over the drink menu beforehand and decide what you would like to try before you go. We tried everything we wanted but we came nowhere close to trying all of what they had to offer, that would have been physically impossible and there were something for every meat lover out there.
I especially appreciated that the vendors and the presenters used meats from animals that had had a good life and was not brought up in a mass production farm where they can hardly move. As much of a meat lover as I am, I do believe they, too, are entitled to a decent life. And you could taste the difference. Oh my! The meat was so so succulent. I got the opportunity to get my favorite meat from the whole hog that they brought out, the cheek. Try it, if you ever get the chance.
Handsome Devil LLC brought the whole hogs to the event and the man who changed my mind about Mac’n’Cheese was the man behind Blacksauce Kitchen. My favorite dish of the day was the creamy polenta with pork belly from reBar – Mmm.
Amongst the beers I got a chance to try the Otter Creek Kind Ryed IPA, Sixpoint Hi-res Triple IPA, Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye, Ommegang Three Philosophers, Ommegang Rare Vos, Heavy Seas Loose Cannon and many more. Of the bourbon I got to try Buffalo Trace Small Batch, Buffalo Trace Simple Oak, Beer Bourbon and BBQ Single Barrel Special Bourbon and my favorite bourbon of the evening was the Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 23 Years– it had a great burn and the good flavors lingered for the longest time. My favorite alcohol of the day was not a beer nor bourbon but a flavored Moonshine. Firefly Moonshine was oh so delicious and even the guys found out how good it was that by the end of it they were running out of flavors.
The music they had at the estival was great and very fitting for the theme. Both bands that performed had great energy and made you want to do a little dance and burn of some of those calories that you had just digested. So thumbs up for Melody Allegra Berger and Friends and Brambling.
– Line B.