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Lodi Beer Fest

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Date: Apr 27, 2019

Round four of the Lodi Beer Fest and State BBQ Competition will be a great celebration of craft beer from local and national breweries. Join us and find a new favorite beer, toss a game of cornhole with friends and dance along to the live band plus get the chance to purchase tastes of award winning BBQ from competing teams.

Lodi Beer Fest
presented by F & M Bank
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Located at the Lodi Grape Festival grounds, 413 E. Lockeford Street, Lodi, CA 95240

VIP Tasting - $45 in advance
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
It's will feel like a one on one experience with participating breweries. All tickets include an hour early admission, unlimited beer tasting and a commemorative beer glass. A limited quantity of tickets will be sold. (Please note that food is not included.)

General Admission - $30 in advance, $40 at the door on the day of the event.

All tickets include a commemorative beer glass and unlimited beer tasting. (Please note that food is not included.)

Designated driver tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

Tickets are available in advance at:
  • Lodi Grape Festival office, 413 E. Lockeford Street in Lodi
  • Raley's in Lodi and Morada
  • Fat City Brew & BBQ in Stockton
  • Stogie's Cigar Lounge in Lodi
  • Online
Discount tickets can be purchased until close of business on Friday, April 26, 2019.
Tickets are not refundable.
Ticket purchased online are subject to a processing and handling fee.
Must be 21 or older to attend - this includes infants, toddlers and all children.

The California State BBQ Championship sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS),

Contestants cook 4 meats:
  • Chicken
  • Pork Ribs
  • Boston Port Roast (Pork Shoulder/Boston Butt)
  • Beef Brisket

Which may be cooked using heat sources of

  • Wood
  • Pellets
  • Charcoal (lump or briquettes)

Entries are judged blindly on the following criteria:

  • Appearance
  • Tenderness
  • Taste

The OFFICIAL rules for this contest can be found here (PDF).

If more than 15 teams enter the contest the winner will be sent to the “World Series of BBQ” known as Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue (draw) and an American Royal Invitational Qualifier, as well as a Team of the Year (ToY) event.

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An Ophir Prison Band performance is a unique, high-energy blend of music, humor, and antics.

The band's musical repertoire includes something for almost everybody—big band, jazz, jump swing, rock, "novelty" numbers, patriotic marches, traditional band music, and odes to beer, the band's favorite libation.
(Note: While beer does figure prominently in the band's act, you don't have to be "of legal age" to enjoy the band's performance; the show can be tailored to meet an event's needs.)

One can understand how audience members might initially wonder what they've gotten themselves into when this band of "prisoners" raucously marches into view. But the Ophir Prison Band's solid musicianship and contagious joy quickly wins them over. Observe a "live" performance and it becomes obvious that both the band and the audience are having fun.
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