Pig & Whiskey: Mouth-Watering BBQ & Delicious Drinks

By: Toni Cunningham | July 16, 2014

What: The 4th Annual Pig & Whiskey

When: Saturday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with a kickoff party on Friday, July 18 from 6 p.m. to midnight

Where: East Troy Street in Downtown Ferndale, between The WAB and The Emory

The lowdown: Pig & Whiskey 2014 is an event that joins two beautiful things: whiskey and barbecue. The event offers over 50 different brands of whiskey, bourbon and scotch for sampling, not to mention a beer tent, Cocktail Corner and, of course, the best barbecue in Southeast Michigan.

There will be a huge selection of whiskeys, bourbons and scotches to choose from, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Southern Comfort Black Cherry, Black Velvet Cinnamon Rush, Red Stag Hardcore Cider, New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon, and Ole Smokey Apple Pie Moonshine.

If you’re looking to sample something local, try any of the New Holland Spirits selections. You’ll have your pick from the aforementioned Beer Barrel Bourbon, Hatter Royale Hopped Whiskey, Zeppelin Bend Straight Malt Whiskey, and Bill’s Michigan Wheat Whiskey. There’s nothing better than whiskey, except whiskey that is distilled in the Great Lakes state.

If whiskey isn’t your thing (note: we probably wouldn’t be very good friends), there’s always the Cocktail Corner. There, you’ll find drinks shaken and stirred by some of the best bartenders in town from joints like Imperial, Como’s, Public House, The Emory, Bigalora, The Stand Birmingham, Toast and The Loving Touch.

It would be irresponsible to sample all of that good whiskey and cocktail goodness on an empty stomach. Actually, whether you’re drinking or not, it would be irresponsible to attend an event where you can get food from all the local barbecue joints and not go hog wild (sorry, I couldn’t resist).

Prepare your tummy and plan your eating schedule accordingly, because food will be available for purchase from Slow’s BBQ, Detroit BBQ, Rub BBQ Pub, Red Smoke, Smoke Ring BBQ, The Clarkston Union, Vinsetta Garage, Rock City Eatery, Alley Taco and Treat Dreams.

Music is also a huge part of Pig & Whiskey, because without it, how would you entertain yourself? Talking to the people you came to the event with? That’s just silly. Here’s an idea of the entertainment schedule throughout the weekend:

  • Friday, July 18: Heartless Bastards, The Beggars, Duende, Oak Bones, The Ill Itches
  • Saturday, July 19: Goober & The Peas, Ponyshow, The Handgrenades, Sean Forbes, The Blueflowers, Old Empire, Electric Lion Soundwave Experiment, Seven Birds One Stone, The Whiskey Charmers
  • Sunday, July 20: Justin Townes Earle, Ian Link, Dutch Pink, The Infatuations, Ryan Dillaha & the Miracle Men, Brunswick Brawlers, The Decamp Sisters, Escaping Pavement

Head over to Pig & Whiskey’s official site for the schedule with times and locations. The main Jack Daniels Stage is on festival grounds, while additional artists will perform at the Pabst After Party Stage inside The Loving Touch. 

Pig & Whiskey is free to attend and is open to all ages. Those who are 21 and over can purchase drink tickets at the event with cash or credit card, and food purchases are available through each vendor with cash or credit card.

Of all the happenings taking place in Metro Detroit this summer, Pig & Whiskey is a can’t miss event. See ya’ll there!