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6th Annual Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge

  • St. Viator Campus Lot 3644 North Kedvale Avenue Chicago, IL, 60641 United States (map)

Chicago's Old Irving Park neighborhood is hosting its 6th annual Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge on Saturday, August 3 from 1pm to 5pm in the St. Viator campus lot located at 3644 N, Kedvale Avenue.  The event has raised over $110,000 so far benefiting student programs, facilities, and athletics at St. Viator School & Parish. Tickets start at $65 and are available at

The showdown will feature 20 pit-master and local craft brewer teams who will present unique BBQ pork and beer pairings for attendees to sample and then vote for their favorites. This year, teams will also compete for votes from expert judges like pit master and restauranteur Barry Sorkin of Smoque BBQ, chef and restauranteur Lisa Fosler Kelly, and craft beer pairing expert Jennifer Brechner of Brooklyn Brewery.  

Attendees and judges will cast their votes across 40 beer samples and 20 BBQ tastings for the best beer, BBQ, and beer & BBQ pairing!

See the 2018 video:

Tickets Details

Both General Admission and VIP tickets are good for event entry (VIP is one hour early) plus one (1) BBQ sample from each of the 20 teams, one (1) beer pairings from each, one (1) additional beer offering, and a commemorative glass.

General Admission ticket holders ($65 advance purchase; $75 at the door) have an event entry of 1pm while VIP ticket holders ($100 advance purchase; $110 at the door) have an event entry of 12pm and are also the first to try the beer and BBQ, as well as mingle with the celebrity judges.