Briefs: OA PorknHops September 19, 2008

Pork and Hops brings beer, barbecue to front

You could smell the barbecue from a mile away last year at the first Bud Light Colorado Pork and Hops Challenge.

This year, the barbecue festival set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19–20, at Lincoln Park is supposed to be bigger and more prepared, with two days of beer, grub and entertainment and a more streamline approach to food vending, according to 95 Rock’s Roxi, coordinator or Pork and Hops.

Large vendors from out of state will provide food for the public. Tokens will no longer be needed to buy food, only to purchase beer.

A new category of competitive barbecuing was added, the Backyard Amateur Team division. Last year, 34 teams competed at Pork and Hops. This year the festival has more than 60 professional teams vying for $20,000 in cash prizes, Roxi said.

On Friday, beer will be available from Budweiser and Bud Light. On Saturday, Budweiser will be there along with 16 microbreweries.

For the kids (and young at heart), there will be a NASCAR simulator. Funds raised from those racing in the simulator will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Prizes will be awarded to the top drivers.

Admission to Pork and Hops is $5 a day at the gate. Discounted tickets are available in advance at area Albertsons locations. Extreme barbecue lovers can purchase advance two-day VIP passes for $100 (all you can eat and drink) at Crossroads Wine & Spirits, 2546 Rimrock Ave.


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