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Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Smokers!

by John Dorroh and Mark Johnson

Everyone in and around Belleville knows that Big Daddy’s 618 is a party capital, right? Good food, adult beverages, and when the weather is nice, the patio.

But maybe you didn’t know about the upcoming Craft Beer Walk and the Brew & Que BBQ Challenge that will take place on June 5th and 6th. This is the third annual event, and Big Daddy’s co-owner Scott Schmelzel and the staff are preparing for heavier-than-usual traffic flow as the word continues to spread.  Here’s what’s happening:

Friday, June 5th

A Craft Beer Walk in the evening (5-9pm) throughout Downtown Belleville will feature over 30 craft beers, souvenir beer mugs, shopping and live music. Steve Reeb will be playing on the Big Daddy’s patio. There will be drink specials and of course BIG portions of food – specialty burgers, wings, wraps, big hunks of meat, etc.


Saturday, June 6th
The Brew & Que People’s Choice BBQ contest opens at 11am. The barbecuing will take place throughout the day on twoclosed blocks of East Main Street and includes a challenge which will name a first place winner of the event. The 14 contestants will be able to create anything they like for the competition, be it ribs or pulled pork, but only the tastiest will get the custom-made pig ribbon and bragging rights for the year. Voting works like this: every sale of barbecue includes a ticket to vote, so those that buy six items will get six chances to vote in the competition, those who buy only one item get one vote, and so on. Voting will last until 7pm with the winners being announced at 8 pm. Music starts at 1pm with local favorites Old Salt Union, then the Rat Rod Kings, followed by the consummate entertainment of DJ Benny.

All of this action takes place on Main Street in Downtown Belleville between Church and Jackson. Big Daddy’s, the headquarters, is right in the heart of the action at 313 East Main Street.

Proceeds go to benefit Belleville Main Street, which seeks to vitalize and invigorate Belleville’s downtown through coordination with local businesses, leaders, active community members and the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce.

Who:    Big Daddy’s 618 and Belleville Main Street

What:   3rd Annual Brew & Que Craft Beer Walk and BBQ Challenge

Where:  313 East Main Street, Downtown Belleville

When:  June 5 – Craft Beer Walk; 5 – 9pm

June 6 – BBQ Challenge; 11am – 9pm

How:    Belleville Main Street 618-257-7022


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