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Beer, bourbon and BBQ comes to National Harbor

Scenes from the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival - National Harbor-slide0
Photo courtesy of Trigger Agency

High West, Evan Williams, Jim Beam, Knob Creek, Four Roses, Blanton's and many more of the top bourbons in the world will be available for tasting at National Harbor this Fri., June 6 and Sat., June 7, for the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival.

Part of a nine-city national tour, the festival will open with whole hog "pig pickin' session" and all-you-care-to-taste sampling of the participating beers and bourbons on Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will also be live music provided by The Kelly Bell Band, an award-winning, Baltimore-based blues band.

On Saturday, from 2 p..m. to 6 p.m. the beer and bourbon tasting continues as well as a complete selection of pulled pork, ribs, brisket, chickens, sausages and fixings. Adding to the festivities will be presentations by Steven Raichlen, author of the bestselling Barbecue Bible! series of cookbooks and the forthcoming Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys; Maker's Mark representative John Vickers-Smith, who will provide a guided tasting of Maker's Mark, Maker's Mark 46, Devil’s Cut and Knob Creek Single Barrel; and Heavy Sea brewery founder Hugh Sisson, who will do a guided tasting and cheese pairing of his beers.

The schedule also include a whole hog butchering demonstration by a representative of Sausage Craft, a Richmond, Va. based wholesale artisan meat supplier. Live entertainment will provided be D.C.-based funk band Texas Chainsaw Horns and fellow D.C. rock band JunkFood.

In addition, the festival will play host to two contests. There will be a Ms. Bar-B-Q-Babe competition, whereby contestants must be dressed as "a trashy Daisy Duke-ish hillbilly girl" and be tested on their knowledge of "beer, barbeque, moonshine and redneck history;" and the World BBQ Bean Eating Championships, whereby contestants will be judge on the amount of beans they consume during a set time period. The bean eating contest does require advanced registration by calling (800) 830-3976. Both contest are free to enter but require contestants to purchased admission to the festival.

Tickets for Friday are $65 and on Saturday are $37.00. There is also a ticket for both days is $89.00. A portion of the festivals proceeds will be donated to The Spirit of Hope Foundation. More ticketing information and a detailed schedule of events are available on the festival's website.

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