The Beer Mugs Are IN!

Every year, PorktoberQue has a differently designed mug or beer stein for sale in the Fest Haus by the Biergarten. This year, we went with an Oktoberfest-style dimpled half liter glass stein with a combination of the dated festival logo and the Sam Adams Oktoberfest logo on the front.  Steins will be $12 each including your first draft beer. Draft refills in your souvenir mug will be discounted  (only on draft in the FestHaus) and you can pick from any of the draft beers we have (not just the sponsor beer, Sam Adams Oktoberfest.) The beer  steins are very limited (only 200 will be sold) so make sure you get yours early, as we expect to sell out again quickly! Last year, we sold out of steins in just under 2 hours. A photo of the beer mug we will have this year is below. We filled it up with beer and tested it out to make sure it works! (it does!) Prost! (cheers)

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Football, Trucks, TV, Seating in Man Cave

Torn between spending the afternoon with your family at PorktoberQue and watching college football on TV? We’ve got the perfect solution! The Tri-State Truck Man Cave will be set up on the grassy area near the hog barn at the Farm Center. This large tent will feature several TVs showing football and tables and chairs so you can grab something to eat and drink, then sit and enjoy your favorite football game. Seating is limited but you can also bring a chair if you like.

There are lots of activities near the Man Cave as well, including the Continental Championship Wrestling Ring featuring local wrestling bouts throughout the weekend. Though there won’t be any big heavy hitters and it’s only a wrestling demo (no title matches) it will be entertaining and fun for all to see. Also near the Tri-State Truck Man Cave will be cooking demonstrations on the Wiley Wok (something you really need to see!), the Northview Cross Country Team People’s Choice Tasting Tent, the Corn Hole tournament and even the free KMX games area. The Man Cave is also just up the hill from the Saturday Classic Car Show.

DISH Network is powering the TV’s with their amazing satellites and we should be able to get the following games at PorktoberQue:

Alabama VS. University of Louisiana Monroe

Auburn versus Mississippi State

Plus, of course, there will be other other SEC and national games of interest. Also in the Tri-State Truck Man Cave will be some shopping opportunities for “manly” interests, including truck accessories, Yeti coolers, Komono Joe grills and smokers, and an assortment of other interesting items. Make sure you thank the folks at the Tri-State Truck Man Cave for sponsoring this part of PorktoberQue, because it’s one of the favorite areas of the event.

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Limited Edition Beer Steins Return

The first year we did ceramic beer steins, in 2013,  we sold out of them in just over 90 minutes. So, last year we got a glass beer mug (instead of the stein) because we were able to get twice as many for the same money.  We thought this was a smart business move, and would allow more people to purchase a collectable beer mug from the event.

And, although the glass mugs had our logo and were a very nice heavy weight USA made beer mug, we didn’t get the same feel from it as we did from the German-style Ceramic mug. So, we contacted a beer stein producer in Miami, FL and they did up a ceramic beer stein for us with our logo and date on one side, and the official draft beer of PorktoberQue, Sam Adams Oktoberfest, on the other side. (They sponsor the beer mugs for us, and we are very thankful of that!)

The mugs have arrived in hand, and they look and feel great! They are going to be perfect for PorktoberQue this year, and just wanted to let you know that they may sell out again on Friday night, so don’t delay in getting yours! We have just 125 souvenir steins available for sale beginning at 5pm in the Fest Haus (the air-conditioned building where the polka music is).

At this time, we anticipate selling the 18 oz steins for $12 each and it will include your first draft beer at that price. (We will wash all 125 mugs prior to September 25th so they will be ready to put ice cold beer in!) Then, each additional refill will be (most likely, based on last year’s prices) $2.50 in the souvenir mug. A 16 oz beer will cost $3.75 in a plastic cup if you don’t get the stein. You may also bring back previous year’s steins/mugs this year and receive the discounted refill price all weekend. Don’t forget to tip your bartenders… they are working for tips and even a quarter per beer adds up for them!

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PorktoberQue is Finally Here!

Tonight PorktoberQue kicks off at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan, Alabama. The farm center is at 1701 E. Cottonwood Rd., and you can buy tickets at the door for just $3 (children 6 and under are free).  Or, you can get in free if you wear Lederhosen or a German outfit. Tonight’s festival is from 5pm- 10pm.

Tonight are the City Commissioners versus the County Commissioners hot wing eating contest (7pm), the corn hole practice rounds (all evening), Bavarian Obstacle course challenge, and of course, live music on two stages.

In the Festhaus (that’s the larger metal building that’s air-conditioned) is our Oktoberfest music and food, plus cold draft beer from Sam Adams Octoberfest. The Polka Dots of Dothan will play all night and there will be a dance floor. Don’t forget, if you buy a beer mug, you get refills for $2.25 each all weekend!

On the outside stage, there are two acts.  At 5:30 is Flip Robinson. He is a young man making his way in the world as a musician. His acoustic versions of songs have earned him a good following with young adults across the Wiregrass.

7:00 Kristan Mikala and the Paradox will play. They are a veritable powerhouse of a band based in Dothan, AL. Known for their engaging and creative interpretations of high-energy rock covers as well as fun, relatable originals, Kristan Mikala and the Paradox brings a party wherever they go. Formed and fronted by a dynamic, award-winning vocalist and songwriter, the band has been performing widely in the Southeast throughout 2014

See you at PorktoberQue tonight, rain or shine!
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Prize Money Increased By 50 % For 2014 PorktoberQue

Now in it’s third year, PorktoberQue continues to grow and flourish in Dothan, Alabama. The event, a sanctioned barbecue competition and Oktoberfest celebration, takes place the last weekend of September at the Houston County Farm Center. This year’s PorktoberQue will be on Friday September 26 from 5-10pm and Saturday September 27 from 10-6.

The barbecue cook off is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society and has teams competing in four meat categories: chicken, ribs, pork shoulder (Boston Butt) and beef brisket. This year’s prize pool has been increased by 50% over previous years to $7,500.00 in prize money.

Teams can enter the competition for $275 entry fee, which includes their camping fee, electricity and water for the weekend. Returning teams who have competed in previous PorktoberQues can receive a discount. The barbecue competition has been recognized by the KCBS as a State Championship, meaning the winner gets to advance to the American Royal Invitational and also gets a draw into The Jack.

Besides the barbecue competition, there are many Oktoberfest themed activities for spectators to enjoy, including a Biergarten with polka music, bratwursts and of course beer. For the football fans, there will be a man cave complete with satellite TV and several televisions playing throughout the weekend. There is live music as well, a car show, and activities and inflatables for the kids to enjoy.

Admission as a spectator to the event is just $3 (children 6 and under are free) and proceeds benefit the Regional Land Water Rescue and help cover the expense of the Houston County Farm Center. Several sponsors have stepped in to ensure this will be the biggest and best PorktoberQue ever. Special thanks to Mike Schmitz Automotive Group, Sam Adams Oktoberfest Beer, Tuffy Automotive, Five Star Credit Union, Navy Federal Credit Union, and Buffalo Rock Pepsi. There will be many more sponsors in the coming days, but special thanks to the ones who signed up this early.

For information on becoming a sponsor, barbecue competitor or vendor, please visit www.PorktoberQue.com or call The Main Event at (334) 699-1475

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PorktoberQue Again Offers FREE Booth Spaces to Non-Profits

DOTHAN, AL – For the third year in a row now, PorktoberQue has free booth spaces to offer to non-profits, churches and civic groups who are interested in using PorktoberQue as a platform to promote their cause, raise awareness or have a fundraiser.  We have designated 10 FREE spaces exclusively for non-profits, and they are available on a “first in” basis. (Meaning, the first 10 in with their refundable deposit get the spaces.) Non-profits will receive their $50 deposit back at 6pm on Saturday September 27th after attending the event.

New this year— after getting feedback from last year’s non-profit groups— there is an option to get electricity or have an indoor space for a small fee. Because the Houston County Farm Center charges for the use of each electrical outlet as well as a charge for the use of the buildings, we have to pass that cost on to the vendors who utilize electric or the air-conditioned building. Though regular vendors pay $75 for an inside space, we will allow non-profits to upgrade to an indoor space for $25. This $25 fee is non-refundable. (A non-profit vendor who wants an inside space would send in $75 and receive $50 back after the event is over.)

“Our goal at PorktoberQue is to create a central location for Non-Profits to raise awareness and funds. It seems like there are so many charitable events every weekend, we wanted to create one event that showcased many non-profits good work in a concentrated area. Eventually, it would be great if smaller charities all came to utilize PorktoberQue as a way to get the word out about their cause,” stated event organizer Kerry Farrell.

“The only limitations on the booths spaces are that the free booth spaces aren’t allowed to cook and sell food on site (though pre-packaged bake sale items are welcome) and they aren’t allowed to sell used merchandise as in a rummage sale. However, these booths can be used to distribute information, to sell new merchandise, to hold a raffle or even sell tickets to an upcoming fundraising event.”

For more information, to have a form directly emailed to you or to learn more, please call The Main Event at (334) 699-1475 or print and mail the form below today to reserve your booth space. Vendors accepted to participate in the festival September 26-27 at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan, AL will be notified and their name placed on the web site at http://porktoberque.com/activities/participating-vendors/

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What to Expect at PorktoberQue

Besides laughter, good memories and family fun, what should you expect and plan for at PorktoberQue? Here’s a TOP 10 list of things to remember to make your visit enjoyable:

  1.  No coolers are allowed in the gates. Sorry. We have plenty of food, beer, water and other items for sale, though!
  2. Bring a camera! For the Reptile Discovery Program, for the Car Show, for the “stick your head through a hole and be the PorktoberQue pig” cut out…. there’s lots of photo ops!
  3. Bring sunscreen for the kids (and yourself!) on Saturday. Lots of outside activities including the free inflatables, free putt putt, free car show, and loads of shopping— about 80% of the festival is in the sun. If you get hot, we have air-conditioning in the Biergarten.
  4. Yes, there’s beer for sale, but it’s still family friendly. It’s not a drunk fest, but rather a fun event for people of all ages and no one who is intoxicated will be served.
  5. Even if you’re 75 years old, you need a valid ID to purchase beer. It’s Alabama state law and we follow those laws and rules. Everyone purchasing a beer needs to get their ID verified and get an armband.
  6. Bring some money to purchase BBQ and great food both days! There’s also a People’s Choice tasting tent that’s an additional $10 on Saturday. Proceeds benefit NHS cross country program.
  7. There are a few activities for kids that cost extra, like the NASCAR simulator, the pony rides, the mini-helicopter rides and things of that nature. The cornhole tournament is also extra, $20, and you need to register in advance to get your team a spot.
  8. There’s no extra cost to go into the Man Cave and watch the football games or enjoy the fun!
  9. Admission is just $2 per person per day, kids 6 and under are free both days. Wear Lederhosen and get in free!
  10. There is shopping with a wide variety of vendors both INSIDE the air-conditioned building and also outside. Make sure you check both out!

PorktoberQue is September 27th from 5-9pm and also September 28th from 10-9. List of bands playing on two stages both days is above under the Entertainment tab. See you there!

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FREE BEER on FRIDAY

We are pleased to announce that Dothan’s new craft brewery, Folklore Brewery and Meadery, is partnering with ProktoberQue to provide free samples of a couple of their hand-crafted beers Friday evening at the event.  We are planning on the beer tasting being in the Man Cave, between the air-conditioned Biergarten and the competition teams, but may move the sampling into the Biergarten in the event of excessive heat or inclement weather.  The sampling is scheduled for 6-8pm. A valid ID is required to sample or purchase beer, regardless of age (PER Alabama Beverage Control law). No ID, no beer.Screen Shot 2013-08-06 at 9.25.58 AM

Information on Folklore, from their web page:
Besides the 4 of us, we have another family to take care of…Honey Bees!  We currently have 5 bee hives and hope to continue to grow that number over the coming years!  Beekeeping is an integral part of taking responsibility over the health and life cycle of the honey bee population in the US and the world.  We only harvest the excess honey the bees can produce so they have enough honey during winter!

Folklore is a story of 15 years of brewing experience and obsessive compulsive fermentation genius!

We are currently in the final stages of licensing and build out.  As our primary equipment is currently being built, we hope to be up and running by August this year.  Draft beer will be on tap in Dothan, AL as of September 2013.  Soon after we will be offering high gravity specialty beers and braggot’s.  Braggot is Beer with honey and is usually quite strong.  Next spring we anticipate offering Mead and small batch Estate Mead produced from our own hives on our farm!