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Winners will receive VIP admission at noon on Saturday, June 19.

This year we’ve got some NEW exciting things happening:

NEW FRIDAY NIGHT PIG PICKIN’. You asked for it – YOU GOT IT. In order to reduce the crowds we’ve added a third tasting session and this one is a exclusive as it can get. Not only will tickets be restricted to only the first 1,500 – each guest will enjoy a wonderful BARBECUE DINNER. Tickets, of course, include all of the other fun VIP elements you have come to expect including ALL YOU CARE TO TASTE BOURBON AND BEER. In addition, we will be showing a screening of the cult favorite movie BeerFest on the wide screen on-site.

NEW TENTS, MORE BARS, MORE SEATING, MORE RESTROOMS. We’ve added over 20,000 feet of tents so the entire show can remain under cover if there is inclement weather. We’ve INCREASED all of the bars and distribution points so that there will be no lines. We’ve also added over 40 special toilets to accommodate all our guests.

WE’VE REDUCED OUR SATURDAY SESSION CROWDS BY 20%. The net result is we are going to make your experience at the show more FUN by having less people in the venue at one time. Pairing this with our increased size and NEW Friday night session should provide the optimal BEER, BOURBON & BBQ experience to our guests who have made this the largest Summer beer festival on the East Coast. Last year’s show SOLD OUT both VIP and Regular Sessions unfortunately this will happen again this year and we will only be able to provide tickets to our guests on a first come-first serve basis.

NEW AND EXCITING HOMEBREW CONTEST. Homebrewers get ready to show us what you’ve got with a new Homebrew Contest.

NEW SATURDAY VIP SESSION BENEFITS. We’ve upgraded the VIP experience at BBBQ. Our VIP Guests will not only enjoy 2 EXTRA HOURS of tastes but also a special VIP tent with a whole special selection of BEERS & special tastings of many International BACONS. One of the best NEW benefits for our VIPS is A PRIVATE EXECUTIVE BATHROOM directly adjacent to the VIP Tent.

TOTALLY NEW – REVAMPED REGISTRATION SYSTEM. Last year, we tried hard to get your through the lines quickly. This year we have completely overhauled our registration, WILL CALL, and wrist banding system. What you will see is a streamlined quick-moving system that is focused on guest happiness and MORE tasting time!


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NOTE: Only one submission per person, please. Multiple entries by the same person will count as one entry. This contest is open to residents of D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. No purchase necessary. Employees of City Paper are not eligible.

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