Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Fest Coming to Chelsea

By Mathew Katz on January 23, 2012 1:38pm 

Southern-inspired gals pose with a pig — and a pitmaster — at the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival.
Southern-inspired gals pose with a pig — and a pitmaster — at the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival.
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Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival

CHELSEA — Buckle up for some testosterone-laced Southern hospitality.

The Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival is setting up shop this weekend amid West Chelsea's art galleries and fancy condos. Expect plenty of pork, barrels of bourbon, buckets of beer - plus bacon and bluegrass.

The third annual bash at la.venue at 608 W. 28th St. will include a dizzying (not to mention heart attack-inducing) array of tasters, including an all-you-care-to-taste selection of 60 beers and 40 bourbons, along with dozens of southern-inspired barbecue dishes.

Tickets are nearly sold out for the Saturday festival — you're almost out of luck if you want to try the chocolate peanut butter bacon cookies, bacon brownies, bourbon-flavored bacon, and 'totchos' (tater tot nachos) of the afternoon's "Bacon Bash." If you can somehow get a ticket to the Bacon Bash, there's also a bacon-eating contest.

There's only room available for "the Whole Hog Session" starting at 5:30 p.m. For $95, you'll get all the beer and bourbon you can drink, and three different pitmasters will dish out their own tapas-style variations of pork pulled fresh from four roasted pigs.

In case diners are in need of more southern testosterone-laced hospitality, there will also be screamin' live bluegrass music, seminars on bourbon distilling and a heated cigar tent.

The Beer, Bacon and BBQ Festival runs from 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 at la.venue, 608 W. 28th St. Tickets are available at the festival's web site.

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