last year, it does make more sense to balance the bbq food with non-smoked beers as the similarities in both can make everything taste the same instead of making flavors stand out.
This year the weather was absolutely beautiful and the tents were all set up when I arrived a few minutes before opening.
The amateur bbq people are set up in the far end of that picture. On the right was just a nice sitting area which came in handy. The line itself was pretty short with a few of the usual faces.
The stations all looked similar to this picture with about four beers of varying styles pouring at each.
Ethan is having.
And finally, after a few more hours of drinking, Tom Kehoe, the Yards owner, and a few others announced the winners for the bbq off.
And then things came to a close. Smoke 'Em lasted from 11-4pm which is way more than enough time and another example of why Yards runs an awesome fest. An interesting beer list, lots of good bbq, and a reasonable number of people make this one of my favorite beerfests throughout the year. I'll say, though, next year I should do a better job of actually drinking the smoked beers. I claim I like them, but probably only tried about half of them this year and instead went with other styles. Still, the beers I did try were good too so I'm not going to complain. And I so rarely eat bbq it's nice to eat a ton all at once.
For another view point on Smoke 'Em, check out Ryan Hudak's entry at In Search of Beer.