Our first year was a blast. 10 pit masters, 10 brewers, are competing for the top prize.
Beer & Pairing Champion. Dryhop Brewery & Inglorious Basters'
Congratulations to the winners:
Best beer - Lake Effect Brewing's “Pasteque” Watermelon Saison
Best BBQ Pork - John Neurauter's (St. Viator dad & alum) Smoke-a-Rauter
“00 Unicorn” pulled pork BBQ pizza
Best BBQ/Beer Pairing – DryHop’s “Peaches in Regalia” Saison and Inglorious Basters’ “Banh mi pulled pork” sandwich led by Chicago 45th Ward Alderman John Arena
Thanks to all the cooks & teams/brewers:
Team foodjoy lead by Jaime Guerrero paired with Lake Effect Brewing Company
Team Ingloriois Basters lead by John Arena paired paired with Dryhop Brewers,
Team Holy Smokes lead by Dan Winters paired with Half Acre Beer Company
Team HazyQ lead by Brian Hayes, Homaro Cantu, paired with BuckleDown Brewing
Team Smoke-A-Rauter lead by John Neurauter paired with Finch's Beer Company,
Team Holy Pork Trinity lead by Mike Sanders paired with Solemn Oath Brewery
Team The BBQ-Tioners lead by Brian Sirota paired with Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Team 4BoysBBQ lead by Paul Kozlowski paired with Revolution Brewing
Team War Pigs on the Flynn lead by Warren Stevens paired with Rock Bottom Brewery Chicago
Team Smok'n Mojo lead by Dan Mojonnier paired with Begyle Brewing
And thanks to others that were integral to make this happen:
PR - Derrek Hull
Guest Brewery - Crooked Fork Brewing (for a sample of their Chipotle Porter)
Food Safety Czar- Alli Cartwright, Beer Logistics - Gary Valentine, Mike Gemma
DJ - Greg Rohlf
Logo - Michael Blocher
Security - Joe Lopez
Volunteers - Mike Brick, Kris Nielsen, Brian Hawkins, Pete Crowley, Cynthia Tasker Brick, Ellie Brick, Mary Brick, Tom Mrock, Mark Sussman, Dave Badinger, Cynthia Santos, Rich Bradley, Kris Denk O'Malley, Cynthia
Moreno, Teresa Reid, Fernando Zambrano Sr., Mary Pat & Frank Serpone.
And last but not least all our wonderful guests for joining us. You helped us raise over ten thousand dollars towards much needed improvements and support for Old Irving Park's St Viator School and Parish. Thank you!