Today’s side deal gives the main deal the Entourage treatment. For $55, you get one VIP admission to the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, which takes place on January 30. This is the Whole Hog and Bacon session, running from noon to 4 p.m. at la.venue (a $75 value). Your ticket is good for unlimited samples of 60 beers and 40 bourbons with your own souvenir tasting glass, souvenir t-shirt, a sampling of ten different kinds of bacon, and access to all food, including barbecue servings.
The massive drink menu, from which you’ll receive free tastes all day long, includes smooth and full-bodied bourbons such as the popular Knob Creek and Maker's Mark, as well as a variety of single-barrel batches and rarer brands such as the Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year. For the malt and hops lover, the fest also boasts an array of satisfyingly sophisticated beers, such as Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, and Lazy Magnolia Southern Golden. These are all tentative selections, so check back a few weeks before the show for a finalized beer and bourbon listing. Not all drink samples are guaranteed to last, but your odds are increased since you’ll be among the first people inside.
Accompany your drinks with an all-you-can-eat barbecue sampling. Travel around the fest snacking like a wee little pig while sipping on top shelf bourbons and upstanding beer options.
Chesapeake Crab & Beer Fest
At Chesapeake Crab & Beer Fest, the air is filled with the cracking of crab shells, the uncapping of beer bottles, the popping of wine corks, and the beats of local bands. More than 65,000 crabs are set to be boiled, topped with seasonings, and slathered with butter during the festival, which also offers hearty sides and vegetarian options for sale. Beyond the food, drink, and music, the event also fills tents with arts and handicrafts for sale, as well as with activities for kids and families to enjoy together.