What NASCAR Race? Watkins Glen has a Craft Beer Festival!

For the record, I'm well aware that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen this weekend will have major Chase implications. Seven drivers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon, are in while a handful of drivers are hoping to clinch. One of these drivers is Kyle Busch. He's won a couple of times at the Glen and he would love to say he's clinched a spot in the Chase in order to put a few bad races behind him. 

I know that I'm a sports writer who covers NASCAR, the Tennessee Titans, and select SEC colleges depending on who's writing the check. However, sometimes you just have to stop and think about something in a media info pack that catches your eye. Mnnnn, Watkins Glen, the site of this weeks NASCAR Sprint Cup race is a vital stepping stone to the Sprint Cup Chase and Championship and I should be writing about that... but... something caught my eye.


Beer? Yes BEER! Did you know Watkins Glen is host to a festival dedicated to beer? Hold on, it get's better. Did you know Watkins Glen is also host to a wine festival? If they could only add a whiskey/bourbon fest they would have the drinking hat trick! I'm talking about the Finger Lakes Beer Festival and the Finger Lakes Wine Festival. (More info below)

In honor of the Finger Lakes Beer Festival I'm going to offer all of my readers an opportunity to download a FREE copy of the Pabst Blue Ribbon Tailgate Recipe Booklet that I wrote for Pabst. It's small, it's tasty, and it's Free! No registration or anything.

Hey, I know I'm talking about a craft beer festival but PBR has a great spot in American history and even World War Two. You'll have to read my WWII culinary history book for info about that story. And, in case you don't like free pdf cook-booklets with real man type recipes you can try this one.

Bayou Beer Can Chicken
1 large whole chicken
lemon juice
3 tablespoons Creole or Cajun seasoning
1 (12-ounce) can beer
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Handful of chopped onion, celery, bell pepper
Directions: Thaw chicken in the fridge and clean out the insides and rinse with cool water. Open your beer and pour a small amount of it into a glass, or have a sip. Sprinkle some of the seasoning into the beer can and some inside the chicken. Do the same with the garlic powder and a splash of lemon.Then, add the chopped onion, celery, and bell pepper to the chicken. Put the can into the chicken and use its base and the legs to balance the chicken in a foil pan in the grill. (of course you can use a store bought holder if you have one.) If you want to add some beer and seasoning to the pan, go for it. Cook on the grill, covered, until skin is deep brown and the wings of the bird rise up as the cooked skin tightens. Juices should be running clear.

Your Free Copy of the PBR Cookbook Here

The Finger Lakes Beer Festival is set for October 25, 2014 and will include 30 craft brews from 15 New York State craft breweries. Enjoy live music, food, beer and friends at this unique event. Each guest receives a commemorative sampling glass with tasting coupons.

Beer Festival Event Information

  • Hours: Noon - 5:00pm
  • Must be 21 to attend
  • Heated facility (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Garage)
  • Craft beers and great food available
  • Live music by Fritz's Polka Band
  • Pace Car rides available (weather permitting)
  • Courtesy checkpoint at departure gate to ensure safety (coffee & juice available at gate)

Complete info Here:

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