Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival Food & Drink Event / Food Festival Every year in January

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Every year on a Saturday in January, the flavors of the Deep South invade New York City at the annual Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival. Held each year at La.Venue in NYC, the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival features... ... read more

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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival - Food & Drink Event | Food Festival in New York.

Every year on a Saturday in January, the flavors of the Deep South invade New York City at the annual Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival. Held each year at La.Venue in NYC, the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival features two tasting sessions showcasing the best in bacon and BBQ pulled pork.

The Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival also offers live bluegrass concerts, tasting seminars, and a marketplace with brews, hot sauces, and plenty of professional BBQ gear.

At the Bacon Bash Tasting Session, guests enjoy unlimited samples of beer, bourbon, and some of the best bacon dishes in the country. And at the Whole Hog Session, foodies and beer lovers fill up on unlimited samples of booze and BBQ pulled pork.

Tickets to the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival cost about $109 for the Bacon Bash Session and about $99 for the Whole Hog Session. After filling up on BBQ and booze, enjoy live music and art at the bars, music venues, and galleries nearby in Chelsea.

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival User Comments

Chris K. Mar 21, 2013
THE NY BEER, BOURBON, AND BBQ FESTIVAL: Basics: For one delicious Saturday, the sprawling insides of La.Venue and The Tunnel are transformed into a corridor of nonstop small-batch suds, golden brown spirits, and simmer meat of various animals. Along the way, customers can also buy their fill of cigars, knick-knacks, jerky, and other weird paraphernalia for the discerning hippie and/or outdoorsman. The Crowd: A few minutes within the halls of La.Venue, and one will be blinded by flannel from all sides. The festival draws would-be lumberjacks, beardo hipsters, and tough-enough-to-drink-all-day girlfriends from every corner of Brooklyn and one or two neighborhoods in Manhattan. Irony is thick in the air—stands from sponsors such as Budweiser and Jim Beam lead to guffawing too-cool partiers quaffing cheap-o booze with “style”—but it’s easily overwhelmed by the decadent enjoyment that patrons feel immersing themselves in the testosterone-spiked atmosphere of heart-attack eats and headache-inducing beverages. The Vibe: Couldn’t be more welcoming and good-natured. While beer and bourbon can easily result in punches thrown, their mixture with steaming piles of slow-cooked meat and comfort sides just amplifies the cozy warmth these tipples exude. While the place is packed, patrons happily move aside for employees carrying trays of food, and kindly-tossed ribbing and advice passes back and forth in the air over the crowds at a steady rate. The Eats: Insane. We’re talking heaps of pulled pork, sofas of dripping brisket, mountains of mac and cheese, and bacon—candied bacon, jalapeno bacon, bacon-wrapped everything, and bacon-flavored bourbon. In fact, the award for longest line easily goes to Baconery, which had a queue some fifty patrons deep snaking across the floor to get at their endless array of bacon treats, advertised loudly as “FOOD OF THE GODS.” And while most of the food is free, the few out-of-town vendors selling their wares provide food more than worth the small change they’re asking—this reporter himself at a cheddar biscuit topped with venison sausage gravy that might have been the best thing he’d ever eaten. The Drinks: Beer definitely beat bourbon at this festival. Yes, vintages like Buffalo Trace, Rebel Rye, and Jack Daniels were readily available and mighty tasty, but many of the bourbons and ryes blended together in their approach, flavor, and general style. The beers, meanwhile, were plentiful and varied as could be, with everything from red rye ales to barley wines to chipotle lagers washing down the vast amounts of flesh consumed. This is also an issue for the bourbon-bringers here—it is far harder to wash down a bacon-wrapped pepper with a shot of bourbon than with an ice cold mouthful of pilsener. Overall: Without fail, the NY Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival is the place to be. With it’s bawdy atmosphere, fantastic menu, and fun-loving audience, this is as close to a perfect day as one can have in New York. Just be sure not to have anything going on afterwards—the nap this event provides hits hard and fast.
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