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The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival returns to Atlanta

 

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Yes, the elixir of the Gods, Pappy Van WInkle 23

Several years ago my friend Ben, who lived in Tennessee at the time,  posted on Facebook about a magical festival that included some of my favorite things to eat & drink, all wrapped into one festival. I was heartbroken to find out that this touring festival had not yet included Atlanta on the list. The event returns to Atlanta this Saturday, March 2nd at Atlantic Station.

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The company that puts on the tour is based out of Maryland and I hadn’t heard much about the event in the months leading up to it and didn’t know what to expect, but I had a great time & was happy to be invited. The beer list isn’t as extensive as other beer festivals around town (although they have plenty of my favorites- Heavy Seas, Monday Night Brewing, Goose Island & New Holland to name a few, but the quantity & quality of bourbons on the list are stellar. General admission tickets are very reasonable, at $35 a pop, and if you think you’ll be stiffed on the good bourbons, you’d be wrong. The young woman at the top of this post was pouring Pappy 23 in the regular tent, not the VIP tent. I can’t promise that this year, but if you aren’t familiar with the bourbons on the list below, I’d do your research before coming out because it can be overwhelming.

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VIP Tickets are almost sold out as of this writing, and I think are worth the cost as it gives you some breathing room two hours before the main event begins, and food is included in that tent. There’s plenty of food available for purchase at the general admission level. This is also where I warn you that there are photos of pig on a smoker down below.

Porchetta from Chicken & the Egg at last year's festival

Porchetta from Chicken & the Egg at last year’s festival

Meehan's Public House will be returning this year in the VIP tent

Meehan’s Public House will be returning this year in the VIP tent

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Nana G's Chicken & Wafles

Nana G’s Chicken & Waffles

Interested in the bourbon list? Here ya go

Evan Williams Black Label
Evan Williams Single Barrel
Evan Williams Honey Reserve
Evan Williams Cherry Reserve
Evan Williams Cinnamon Reserve
Larceny
Angel’s Envy
Redemption Rye
Redemption High Rye Bourbon
Temptation Bourbon
Riverboat Rye
Cornstar White Whiskey
High West Rendezvous Rye
High West Double Rye!
High West Prairie Reserve Bourbon
Campfire Whiskey
Four Roses Yellow Label 80
Four Roses Small Batch 90
Four Roses Single Barrel 100
Templeton Rye
Willett’s Pot Still Bourbon
Noah’s Mill Bourbon
Rowan’s Creek Bourbon
Pure Kentucky Bourbon
Kentucky Vintage Bourbon
Charred Oak Bourbon
Charred Oak Rye
Jack Daniels
Gentleman Jack
Jack Daniel’s Honey
Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel
Woodford Reserve
Old Forester
Early Times 354
Old Forester Signature
ASW
Virgil Kaine
Breckenridge
Whisper Creek TN Sipping Cream
Eagle Rare Single Barrel
Blanton’s Single Barrel
Hudson Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey
New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon
Wild Turkey Tradition
Pappy Van Winkle 23yr
Pappy Van Winkle 20yr
Four Wood Woodford Reserve
Good Time Moonshine
Grand Daddy Mimm’s Corn Whiskey
Jesse James Bourbon
Jesse James Honey Whiskey
Jesse James Spiced Whiskey

 

Monday Night Brewing will make a return appearance

Monday Night Brewing will make a return appearance

Beers? They’ve got that too

Innis & Gunn Original
Innis & Gunn Cask
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon
Heavy Seas Black Cannon
Heavy Seas LC Cask
New Belgium Shift Pale Ale
New Belgium Dig Spring
Monday Night Brewery Draft Kilt Scotch Ale
Monday Night Brewery FU Man Brew Wit
Red Hare Brewery Chocolate Porter
Red Hare Brewery Longday Lager
Magic Hat #9
Magic Hat Circus Boy Hefe
Yuengling Bock
Yuengling Light
Shock Top Wit
Shock Top Honey Apple Crisp
Goose Island 312
Goose Island Honkers
Sweetwater 420
Sweetwater IPA
Warsteiner Dunkle
Konig Ludwig
New Holland Dragon’s Milk
New Holland Mad Hatter IPA
Beer Barrel Bourbon
Smithwick’s
Guinness Black Lager
Leinenkugel’s Canoe Paddler
Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout
Blue Moon Valencia Grove Amber
Batch 19
Newcastle Brown
Strongbow
Ommegang Rare Vos
Ommegang 3 Philosophers
Stella
Leffe
Anchor Steam
Anchor Liberty
Abita English Mild Firkin
Abita Jokamo IPA
Sweetwater 420
Sweetwater IPA
Sweetwater Blue
Sweetwater LowRYEder
Widmer Columbia Common
Redhook Audible Ale
Mikes Lemonade
Mikes Black Cherry
Cayman Jack
Mikes Strawberry Lemonade
Finch’s Fascist Pig
Finch’s Cutthroat Pale Ale

The promised pig photos? I warned you.

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For full details, be sure to check out their website for more information and to purchase tickets.