Each drink deserves its own glass, such as a snifter for brandy, a pint for beer, and a scaled-down Mylar balloon for Capri Sun. Become a libation connoisseur with today's Groupon: for $35, you get one VIP admission to the Whole Hog Friday Night Pig Pickin' on Friday, August 5 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., part of the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary (a $55 value). Admission includes beer and bourbon tasting, a souvenir glass, barbecue dinner, souvenir beer lanyard, and all live entertainment. Though this event is not designed for kids, children 12 and younger are admitted free.
With 60 beers and 40 bourbons, the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival's expansive drink menu electrifies revelers and sets the scene for two days of barbecue, live music, and contests. Smooth and full-bodied bourbons by Knob Creek, Evan Williams, and Basil Hayden's help to shake off the workweek blues, and a plethora of satisfyingly sophisticated beers, such as Magic Hat #9 and Roanoke Railhouse Track 1 amber lager, soothe fears of getting tangled in someone else's dream catcher. Tasting supplies are limited so liquorologists who wish to study each taste should plan on arriving early to choose from the widest selection. A tender spread of fixin'-laden pulled pork awaits all VIPs, and the Piedmont Jackalopes keep ear-tummies stuffed with their signature blend of classic rock covers. Sweet-n-spicy ribs, brisket, and flavorful sausage supplement Friday's complimentary barbecue feast.
Though not included in this Groupon, attendees who return on Saturday can check out a variety of entertaining events, including seminars led by brewmasters and master distillers that give alcohol artisans an inside look into the creation and bottling of beverages. Throughout the afternoon, more fun events roll through, such as the world barbecue bean eating championships, the Miss BBQ Babe Daisy Duke contest, live music, and the chance to slow dance with a rib sandwich.
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Forty varieties of bourbon and 60 beer draughts flow freely from taps into souvenir glasses, slaking thirsty throats with unlimited sips as guests tear through smoky meat concoctions at the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival's tasting stations. Once stuffed with ribs, brisket, and sausage, attendees can retire to the tasting theater to take in a seminar from pit masters and gourmet chefs on preparing fine barbecue or brewing stellar bourbon. Live rock, blues, and bluegrass bands set the airwaves quivering from the main stage with wailing tunes or announcements drawn in barbecue sauce. A cigar tent provides a smoky haven for puffing on fine tobacco products, and big-screen TVs beam the latest sports action directly into eyeballs.
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