Bacon‘s plank-like shape has given it multiple uses, such as designating lanes on expressways and providing a roof for Lincoln Log cabins. Swerve into today’s Groupon: for $35, you get one admission to the the Capital Bacon & Beer Bash in National Harbor, Maryland, on November 19 (a $55 value). Choose between the following times:
- Noon–4 p.m.
- 5 p.m.–9 p.m.<p>
The Capital Beer & Bacon Bash unites frosty flagons of ale and bacon varieties from all around the world under one roof. Chefs fry up unlimited samples of more than 10 types of bacon, including bourbon-flavored, pepper-encrusted, and duck varieties, all concocted using the scientific method devised in the 16th century by Francis Bacon. Heavy Seas Brewery will be on hand hawking endless samples of more than 10 brews to wash down the meaty treats. Each guest walks away from the festivities clutching a souvenir tasting glass to contain future beverages or provide a new home for a pet goldfish. As taste buds are being tickled by beer and bacon samples, other senses are occupied with music from in-house DJ Spinning Bacon Jam, while demonstrations by the Belmont Butchery elucidate the art of whole-hog butchering.
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.