Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ in Charlotte

For the last five years, over 46,000 people have come out to visit the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival here in Charlotte, NC.  This year’s event proved to be just as much of a hit. 

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The event was put on by drink.eat.relax., a part of Trigger Agency Events and Promotions.  Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ has stops in eight different cities during the 2012 calendar year – Charlotte was the 4th stop.  Over 60 beers and 40 bourbons were available for tasting, and multiple BBQ vendors were present slinging ‘que.  While the beer and bourbon may have been the major stars of this event, the BBQ was just as good.  Charlotte was well represented by Mac’s Speed Shop and Rock Store Bar-B-Q as well as The Little Red Pig.

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I also had the privilege of meeting Richard Middleton of Red, White, and Que from Waxhaw, NC.  Richard is a BBQ Team Ambassador for Trybe Targeting, and he is also a Tucker Cooker owner.  In talking with Richard, he relayed his experiences with the Tucker Cooker.  He has had his cooker for nearly 8 years, and it was in immaculate shape when I checked it out!

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I also came across a couple of vendors with BBQ-related products.  Thanks to them, I’ll have some new items to review after returning from Memphis in May.  Oh yeah, and no festival is complete without some eye candy. 

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Quick and Dirty Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Lots of beer & bourbon selections.
  • Admission into the event gets you unlimited tastings of beer/bourbon.
  • Live music

Cons

  • Steep price ($45 for VIP admission, $35 for regular admission)
  • Not as many BBQ vendors as I would’ve hoped

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Big Wayner is the mad brains behind Big Wayner's BBQ Blog. A full-time RVer, he enjoys sharing his passion for all things BBQ with anyone and everyone he meets.