The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Smoked tri-tip, skirt steak, brisket, BBQ chicken, pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, brats, wings, grilled corn, BBQ nachos, BBQ burritos, and all the fixings - the Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival is nothing if not a day for feasting on Arizona's best finger-licking good BBQ.

Of course, nothing goes better with this massive assortment of comfort food quite like 200 kegs of cold craft beer from SanTan Brewing Company, which will officially launch their 2014 summer seasonal, Mr. Pineapple Wheat Beer at the festival.

In addition to craft beer, patrons will enjoy whiskey from Bulleit Bourbon and Dickel Bourbon to go with their Q.

Other event highlights include the SanTan Brewing Tailgater's Lawn, Ultra Star March Madness Lounge, Chester's Harley Davidson Pavilion, Porkopolis VIP Quarters, Dickel Hoedown Rodeo Zone, Bulleit Bourbon BBQ Pit Row, DC Farmers Market, and an expanded kid's play zone.

The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival will feature a great entertainment lineup including Grammy award winning band, Blues Traveler. Best known for their mid-90's Billboard top ten breakthrough hit, "Run-Around", Blues Traveler's trademark sound has captivated more than 30 million fans around the world. Blues Traveler will headline the event, taking the stage at 8 p.m. for a two-hour set.

General admission tickets are $10 and that includes entry into the event at noon. Food and beverages are sold separately. Children 12 years of age and younger are admitted for free. Presale tickets can be purchased online at

A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Boot Campaign, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to providing assistance to wounded military and their families with job placement and securing mortgage free homes, post traumatic stress disorder counseling, adaptive clothing and much more.