The Holy Grail of Festivals: Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Beer Bourbon and BBQ FestivalBrace yourselves Atlanta. The Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival has finally arrived. BB&BBQ combines 3 festivals in one for 3 times the goodness. Atlanta as a city seems to embrace any excuse to throw a outdoor party for people to gather and day drink, but this one is a whole other animal. The festival website says it best:

“Join us at the festival for a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’, and barbeque eatin’. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOU-CARE –TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors are on-site if you get hungry all while enjoying seminars in the tasting theater and LIVE music all day.”

 Atlanta as a city seems to embrace any excuse to throw a outdoor party for people to gather around and day drink, but this one is a whole other animal.

Festival-goers will be treated to 60 beers, 40 bourbons, BBQ seminars, and my personal favorite 10+ specialty bacons to taste. What more do you need? In addition to the live music and tastings galore, there will be seminars covering our favorite subjects. We are especially looking forward to the Seminar on beer led by our friends at Monday Night Brewing. The doors open at 12 pm and the party goes ‘til 6pm.

Highlights we at The Trot Line are looking forward include, but are not limited to:


Heavy Seas Loose Cannon (our review)
Innis & Gunn lineup
Ommegang Adoration Ale
Monday Night Brewery Drafty Kilt Scotch
Monday Night Brewery Eye Patch IPA
Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan Brown
Lazy Magnolia Deep South Pale Ale
Magic Hat #9


Elijah Craig 18yr
Buffalo Trace (A Trot Line Favorite, but we can’t get enough.)
1792 Ridgemont Reserve Small Batch
Eagle Rare Single Barrel
Firefly Bourbon (Can they go from Sweet Tea Vodka to Bourbon? We’ll see…)
Rowan’s Creek

For the complete list of available tastings click here.


We’ll take as many notes and pictures as we can, but with this much awesomeness to take in we might get a little fuzzy as the day goes on. We were lucky enough to snag some VIP tickets while they were available on Groupon, but tickets are still available.

We hope to see you there. Cheers!

 The When & the Where

March 3, Atlantic Station in Atlanta, GA 12pm-6pm


If you can’t join us (lame) enjoy this cocktail recipe from our friends at the Bourbon Blog In honor of National Pig Day.

The Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Cocktail Recipe from


Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey
Evan Williams Honey Reserve
1 Bottle of Hefeweizen beer
Bottle of Jack Daniel’s Honey Smokehouse Barbecue Sauce (for the “BBQ Water”)
1 Orange

For the BBQ Water:

Combine a full bottle 19 oz of Jack Daniel’s Honey Smokehouse Barbecue Sauce with equal part of steaming hot water in mixing bowl. Whisk until incorporated. Let sit to cool or refrigerate.


Combine 2 oz. of your favorite Bourbon, 1 oz. honey-infused Bourbon, and a 1/4 oz. of BBQ Water and squeeze of a quarter of an orange in cocktail shaker and shake over ice. Strain and pour into martini glass.

Dry shake a fourth of a bottle of Hefeweizen beer (hold tight to shaker as carbonation may cause shaker to explode). Spoon beer foam over top of the cocktail to garnish.

Created by Mixologist Stephen Dennison and Tom Fischer.

About the Author Spencer

Spencer is a native "Atlantan" and the co-owner of The Trot Line. In addition to TL he writes for his own blog, Life Below the Line. He is a graduate of The University of Mississippi, loves sports, art, and any excuse to tailgate.