OLD IRVING PARK — Eighteen teams of brewers and pitmasters will compete for bragging rights at Saturday's Beer & BBQ Challenge.
The real winners? Attendees, who get to sample all of the brews and smoked meats.
Participating breweries include Alarmist, Begyle, Half Acre, Lake Effect, Old Irving Brewing Co. and Spiteful. (Click here for complete lineup of teams.)
The barbecue is serious business, even if pun-happy team names, like Inglorious Basters, suggest otherwise. Come hungry for samples of deep-fried pulled pork fritters and meatballs, barbecue waffles and "A Bollywood Dance Number in Your Mouth" — pork flavored with traditional Indian spices and served on naan.
Tickets are $55 and can be purchased online. The price includes one food sample from each team, a beer pairing for each, and one additional beer offering per team.
The cost of admission also earns attendees the right to cast a vote for best beer, best barbecue and best pairing.
VIP tickets are available for $80 and include all of the above, plus an extra hour of sampling.
Celebrity judges will also weigh in on best barbecue. This year's panel of experts: Rob Levitt from The Butcher & Larder, Barry Sorkin of Smoque BBQ and Kevin Corsello from Pork & Mindy’s.
The Beer & BBQ Challenge takes place 1-5 p.m. Saturday, St. Viator parking lot, 3644 N. Kedvale Ave.
Proceeds benefit St. Viator Elementary School and parish.
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