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RVA Events: Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival

What’s summer without beer and BBQ? Oh, and you can go ahead and throw some bourbon in there too. Yes, the three B’s that make up any summer good time will all be in one place in Richmond this Saturday. It’s the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival–a show that travels up and down the eastern part of the U.S. to show patrons the best there is in beer, bourbon and barbecue, plus some extras.


The Richmond Raceway Complex hosts the show each year which offers 60 beers, 40 types of bourbon and tons of barbecue smoked, grilled and prepared right there on site! Sounds like an amazing day to us! The event begins at 2pm and ends at 6pm for general admission tickets this Saturday, June 8. If you’re a lucky VIP, your day full of the 3 B’s begins at noon. Tickets for both sessions can still be purchased at the event’s website linked here. The cost of general admission ($39) buys you a souvenir sampling glass, as many beer and bourbon tastings as you can handle, and live entertainment. VIP admission is $59 per ticket and includes the following-

*A BBQ Dinner Plate
*Reduced Attendance For This Session
*2 Extra Hours of Fun
*Special Beer & Bourbon Selections
*Special Whole Hog Tastings and more!

*Just a side note: Be sure to bring cash as all on-site sales are cash only. If you forget, there will be ATMs. 


If you’re lover of any (or all) of the three B’s you’ll seriously be sad to miss this. So make plans to head out for an afternoon of beer and bourbon samplin’ and stuffing your face with some of America’s best BBQ from vendors ready to make your taste buds sing. There will also be seminars to attend in the tasting theater, as well as plenty of live music to entertain. Here’s more about what to expect from the festival.

  • All guests receive a souvenir glass for tastings.
  • Tents and tables will be set up for all you care to taste beer and bourbon.
  • The BBQ options are outrageous! It’s all a la carte and the portions are large. Enjoy pulled pork from whole hogs, brisket, chicken, ribs, sausages and everything in between.

  • Tasting theater seminars from masters of each craft. Master distillers, brewmasters, as well as pit masters.
  • Rock & Blues music jammin’ on the Main Stage.
  • Browse the Brewerania exhibit, hot sauces, and barbecue accessories.

We know what you’re thinking. “We’re responsible adults, so we’ll need a designated driver. They won’t want to pay that price to get in if they aren’t tasting.” Well, they’ve got you covered. If you aren’t Ubering, cabbin’ it, or having your licensed teenager drive you home after a day full beer and bourbon, there is a designated driver ticket available for purchase for $29. This includes everything the regular admission has to offer other than the alcohol tastings.

Sounds fun, right?! Why not celebrate Father’s Day a week early. This is pretty much the manliest festival ever! And, ladies, we know you’ll enjoy it too! Or just celebrate the fact that it’s the weekend and let your hair down a little. No matter your reason, just go and drink and eat to your heart’s content.

For more info on vendor and exhibitor specifics, menu, etc. check out the festival’s website.


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