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Brewers and Pitmasters Compete for Bragging Rights in Beer and BBQ Showdown

By Patty Wetli | July 28, 2014 6:40am | Updated on July 28, 2014 9:20am
 The inaugural Beer & BBQ Challenge will pair brewers with pitmasters in an epic showdown.
The inaugural Beer & BBQ Challenge will pair brewers with pitmasters in an epic showdown.
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OLD IRVING PARK — It's a matchup made in hog heaven.

Local pitmasters and craft brewers are partnering for the inaugural Beer & BBQ Challenge, competing in a showdown that's sure to be as epic as it is tasty.

Ten teams will battle for beer and barbecue supremacy from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at 3644 N. Kedvale Ave. Tickets are available online for $60. The cost includes not only food and drink — each team will present a unique beer and barbecue combo, plus an additional brew — but also voting rights to decide Best Beer, Best BBQ and Best Beer and BBQ pairing.

Best name? Our money's on Porknado.

The teams:

The BBQ Sonioars: Brian Sirota with Pete Crowley of Haymarket Pub & Brewing

PolBQ: Paul Koslowski with Wil Turner of Revolution Brewing

TennesseeWhiskyQ: Warren Stephens with Hayley Shine of Rock Bottom Chicago

ArenaFor45BQ: John Arena with Brant Dubovick of Dryhop Brewers

ChicagoWinterQ: Dan Winter with Matt Gallagher of Half Acre Beer Company

Smokin’ Mojo: Dan Mojonnier with Kevin Cary of Begyle Brewing

HazyQ: Brian Hayes with Sean Mahoney and Ike Orcutt of BuckleDown Brewing

Smoke-A-Rauter: John Neurauter with Bart Sakowski of Finch’s Beer Co.

St. Viator BBQ: Jaime Guerrero with Clint Bautz of Lake Effect Brewing Company

Porknado: Mike Sanders with John Barley of Solemn Oath Brewery

Proceeds benefit St. Viator school and parish.

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