BEER!

One of the biggest improvements to the 2017 PorktoberQue is the larger selection of beers available this year. Noting that local and regional craft beer sales are booming, plus having some legitimate imported German beers available, PorktoberQue has greatly expanded their beer offerings this year. There will even be two draft beer trucks (one inside the Festhaus Biergarten) and one outside near the food vendors) as well as cans available for sale.

Craft beer is significantly more expensive than commercially manufactured beers, because it is made in small batches using higher quality ingredients. For that reason, a 16 ounce cup of draft beer will be $6.75 at PorktoberQue, and 12 ounce cans of beer will be $5. PorktoberQue enthusiasts may want to take advantage of the souvenir beer stein available to the first 200 patrons beginning Friday night. The dated ceramic stein with the PorktoberQue logo is a whopping 20 ounces, and is available for $25 which includes your first draft beer. Refills in the ceramic stein, or any previous year’s PorktoberQue stein, are just $4.75, a savings of nearly 30%. So not only do you get a great souvenir stein, but you can save on beer purchases at the event and for years to come!

The draft beers that we have ordered for PorktoberQue include:

Folklore Brewing (Dothan, Alabama) Oktoberfest 

Folklore Brewing (Dothan, Alabama) Goldenhawk (kolsch)

Goat Island Brewing (Cullman, Alabama) Colonel Festbier (marzen)

Goat Island Brewing (Cullman, Alabama) Hippieweisen (hefeweizen)

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest – Brauhaus Miltenberger Collaboration (This is a very limited edition beer, only brewed for Oktoberfest and not to be brewed again. Each year, Sierra Nevada partners with a different German brewer to explore the roots of Germany’s famous Oktoberfest beers. This year, they’ve collaborating with Germany’s Brauhaus Miltenberger, whose approach to the classic style has been long admired. The result is a festival beer true to their style—deep golden in color with deceptively rich malt flavor and balanced by traditional German-grown whole-cone hops.)

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier- Straight from Munich, Germany 

Props Brewing (Fort Walton Beach, FL)- Oktoberfest Beer

 Omaha Brewery (Omaha, Georgia. Right across the river from Eufaula, Alabama)- Gnat Knocker (helles lager) and 762 (brown ale)

Additionally, in the 12 ounce cans, we anticipate having Folklore Brewery’s Grateful Red (red lager), Goat Island Brewery’s Richter’s PIls (pilsner) and for those not as big of fans of craft beer, there will be MIchelobe Ultra and Bud Light available. 

As inventory changes, there may be some additional beers available, and we hope to receive all we have ordered, though some substitutions are possible. We hope you’ll come and enjoy all the beers available at PorktoberQue this year!

2017 PorktoberQue to now offer FREE BBQ samples on Saturday

One of the best things about visiting a barbecue competition is sampling the different types of smoked meats. In PorktoberQue’s past, we’ve taken the meats form the teams and placed them in a central location (tasting tent) for spectators to sample. We then staffed the tent with volunteers to help dish up the BBQ, and collect the votes. This was previously a fundraiser for local youth athletics, but the past year it wasn’t supported well and we decided to do away with the tasting tent. 

This year spectators will go from team site to team site and sample barbecue from 2-4pm on Saturday September 30th. By eliminating the cost of the tent, tasting cups and volunteers, we have now been able to make this event at PorktoberQue FREE for spectators to enjoy. Plus, this year voting will be done at the team sites via BAMTEXT, a technology driven text-to vote system. All you need is a cell phone to cast your vote for your favorite barbecue.

PorktoberQue will be at the Houston County Farm Center September 29-October 1. Friday night will feature polka music in the Festhaus, German-style craft beer, concerts on the outside stage and lots of shopping with vendors and food trucks. Saturday we will see a car show, more polka music in the Festhaus, music on the outside stage all day long, kids entertainment, cooking competitions and more shipping and opportunities to eat wonderful food. Sunday there’s a non-denominational church service at 11, children’s entertainment, barbecue competition and polka music. Times and schedule online at porktoberque.com

Tickets are $5 per person per day (children 12 and under are free) or you can buy a weekend armband good all three days in advance for just $7. Advance armbands are only available through September 15 and can be purchased at The Thirsty Pig in downtown Dothan. Interested vendors may call 334-699-1475 for placement and avability information.

Sponsor deadline approaching

Thank you to our PorktoberQue sponsors so far. We still have a couple days until the deadline (August 1), so call us at 334-699-1475 if you are interested in being a part of the event.

Thank you to :
Mike Schmitz Automotive
The Thirsty Pig Craft Beer Taproom
WTOT FM
Alabama National Guard
ADS Security Systems
WTVY TV
World Food Championships
Wiregrass Seniors Magazine

Exciting New Format for Competition Cook Teams in 2017

We are very pleased to have a dual sanctioned competition for our barbecue cook teams in 2017. The Friday-Saturday portion will be KCBS sanctioned and the Saturday-Sunday portion will be FBA sanctioned. We will also have a KCBS backyard competition on Saturday (back yard teams don’t have to cook brisket) and each of the two competitions will have $10,000 in prize money (total of $20,000 for the weekend). There will be at least one ancillary on Friday night, possibly an additional one on Saturday night if there’s interest. Space will be limited, and pro teams paying for both competitions get first pick on the “good” spots. You may also just enter one of the contests if you prefer. We are also members of the Alabama BBQ Association, too, and points will be awarded for both pro and backyard teams who are ABA members.

The paper entry forms are getting drawn up right now. If you prefer to pay with a credit card online, you can use the link/box below. Eventbrite charges a fee to process credit cards, so it will be a little less if you pay with a check. More details coming soon!

What’s Going on Today at PorktoberQue

Free admission until 11AM, or come back free with your Friday or Saturday ticket stub. Otherwise, $5 per person, children 12 and under free. Prayer service at 11, Ultimate Air Dogs diving finals, polka music throughout the day inside, Reptile Discovery program at 10:30 and 2:30 inside the air-conditioning, gospel music from 1-5 on the outside stage. Beer sales will begin at 1pm as per Alabama state law. Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 10.46.05 AM

What’s Happening TODAY at PorktoberQue?

PorktoberQue gates open today, Saturday September 24 at 10am at the Houston County Farm Center located at 1701 E. Cottonwood Road in Dothan. You can pay at the gate, and it is $5 per person per day, with children 12 and under FREE!  Well-behaved pets on a leash are welcome as well.  TODAY IS THE EVAN BARBER & the DEAD GAMBLERS concert at 3:30 pm. Do not miss it! fullsizerender

The KIDS QUE kicks off today’s activities, The Ultimate Air Dogs are jumping, the beer will be cold, and there’s dozens of food and merchandise vendors on site. The Man Cave is open and the TV’s will have the SEC football games on them, the Corn Hole tournament kicks off today after lunch, and the BBQ Queens are selling whole butts and racks of ribs to go.  40 of the best competition BBQ teams will be competing today for $8,000.00 in prize money and awards. The Reptile Discovery Program is in the FestHaus and there’s live polka music ALL DAY LONG too!  Gates open from 10 AM- 6pm!

Here’s the entertainment schedule:
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Also, you may notice the “TBA” that is Saturday on the outside stage at noon. The Alabama Music Association is filling that slot with a bunch of artists who will each perform on or two songs. The list is as follows:

Kyle Brigham.……Award wining State(Alabama Music Association) and National(North America Country Music Association International)    Male/Traditional Country Artist
Vikki Latner.……..Award wining State(Alabama Music Association) and National (North America Country Music Association International) Female /Traditional Country Artist
Jimmy Harris…..Award Wining state(AMA) & National(NACMAI) male Traditional Country Artist 50+
 Nori Hendrix………Award Wining State Female Traditional Country Artist
Tucker Wilson….. Award Wining State  Youth Male Traditional Country Artist
Deanna Johnson….. Award Wining State and National Youth Female New Country ARtist
Avery Griffith…… Award Wining State Youth Female New Country Artist

*insider tip* there is almost NEVER a line and usually good parking outside of the large metal building we call the Fest Haus (it faces Publix and the Circle). You can walk in the back door of the building and buy your ticket and be right in the middle of the polka fun and avoid the lines! This is like it used to be in the “old” p’nut festival days.