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Beer, Bourbon and Barbecue Festival Returns to Chelsea

By Mathew Katz | January 17, 2013 7:47am

CHELSEA — When things get rough, just remember the five Bs — beer, bourbon, barbecue, bacon and bluegrass.

A celebration of those Southern staples is coming back to Chelsea for the fourth annual Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The so-called Aporkalypse, at The Tunnel at 608 W. 28th St., will let booze-lovers taste over 60 different beers and 40 Kentucky bourbons, all while enjoying live bluegrass bands.

Pitmasters from North Carolina, Maryland and Texas will host demonstrations and tasting classes.

If that isn’t enough, there will also be hand-rolled cigars available.

The all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink party will be split into two parts, the $109 Bacon Bash Tasting Session from noon to 4 p.m., along with the $99 Whole Hog Pickin’ session, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., which includes a pulled-pork dinner plate featuring meat from four whole hogs served off the bone.

For those who can’t decide between competing loves of bacon and pulled pork, there’s the $189 Grand Poobah All Access Specialty Tasting Ticket, which grants you more than nine hours of whiskey-fueled goodness.

That epic ticket also gets you a souvenir glass, lanyard, hat and admission to a special tasting seminar.

The Beer, Bacon and BBQ Festival runs from noon to 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at The Tunnel, 608 W. 28th St. Tickets are available at the festival's web site.