Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest Returns With Revamped Brew Line-up
Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest will return to Galveston’s Historic Strand District on Saturday, January 21, featuring more than 100 varieties of craft and imported beer selections and over 80 chili cook-off teams.
The third annual Chili Quest officially opens to the public at 11 a.m. when the cook teams begin serving their chili concoctions on the Strand. Other events include a washer tournament, Milagro Margarita-Making Contest, jalapeno-eating contest, 5k Fun Run and merchant walk-about. An awards ceremony will conclude the event with the announcement of the best chili on Galveston Island.
Beer Fest will begin at 12 p.m., featuring the Pint Jockeys, a group of Del Papa Distributing Company craft beer enthusiasts who will transform the Tremont House’s Davidson Ballroom into a beer Mecca, with a wide variety of brews to sample. More than 100 craft and imported brews from around the world will be available for sampling including Rogue, Flying Dog, Hoegaarden and many more. Due to the growing craft beer scene in Texas, local favorites Saint Arnold, Cornel, Rahr & Sons and Southern Star brewing companies will also participate in the event.
New to the event this year is the Home Brew Competition. Home brewers are invited to submit their beer(s) to be judged by a group of expert BrewMasters. Entry for home brewers is free and limited to one beer per category. For complete competition details visit www.yagaspresents.com/chiliquest.
The recent partnership between Yaga’s Entertainment and Del Papa Distributing Company is expected to establish the upcoming Chili Quest & Beer Fest as the premiere beer festival of Southeast Texas. While the exact offerings are still being finalized, the ultimate beer fan is promised rare finds and a few surprises, including Saint Arnold Pumpkinator and hard-to-find Rahr & Son’s “to Thee” Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer. Attendees may even come across a few ales brewed specially for the event.
Last year’s event drew over 6,000 chili and beer lovers, and this year is expected to be even larger.
For more information on the event and tickets, please visit www.yagaspresents.com/chiliquest. To learn more about the lineup of brews check out www.pintjockeys.wordpress.com.
Advanced ticket prices:
VIP Early Bird Beer Tasting- $35
(Limit 100 — advance purchase only)
Chili/Beer Tasting Combo- $32 (advance purchase only)
Beer Tasting Advance Purchase- $25
Chili Tasting Advance Purchase- $8.50
Tickets can be purchased at the door for:
Beer Tasting: $32
Chili Tasting: $10