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Beer-B-Que Competition

Beer-B-Que Competition

Two of Waterloo’s most fun clubs, The Waterloo Optimist Club and The Ferm Homebrew Club are teaming up to host the 3rd annual Beer-B-Que Competition! You do not want to miss this event! It’s a fun time chatting (and enjoying their products) with BBQ’ers and homebrewers at this beautiful outdoor setting on Main Street!
This beer and BBQ tasting event and competition will be held in Waterloo on Main Street at the Monroe County Courthouse on Saturday, May 7 from 12 PM to 4 PM. Tickets required for entry and sampling. We will be offering several different types of tickets for sale. Tickets will be available beginning mid-March.
$35 Combination Homebrew & BBQ tasting (price goes to $45 after May 1)
$20 BBQ only tasting, Designated Driver option (no beer), (price goes to $25 after May 1)
$10 Junior Pitmaster: Children under 12 BBQ only tasting (price goes to $12.50 after May 1)
BBQ tasting 12 PM-4 PM:
Each BBQ or combination wristband includes samples of both professional and amateur prepared BBQ while available.
Competition Backyard BBQ will be prepared on site and will be ranked by our trained BBQ judges. You’ll get to sample the team’s chicken, pork ribs, pulled pork, and brisket while available.
The Waterloo Optimist Club is committed to having plenty of great BBQ on site to sample. We promise, you won’t leave hungry!
Homebrew tasting 12PM-4 PM:
Must be 21 to participate and drink samples. Each paid entry includes a commemorative glass with the Beer-B-Que logo. It also includes samples of homebrewed beer hand-crafted by members of The Ferm Homebrew Club of Monroe County as well as other brewers representing other clubs in the St. Louis area. Each paid entry will help decide the best beer at the event with the winning beer to be brewed at Stubborn German Brewing Company in Waterloo. The Ferm members are super excited to show off their creations and there will be a huge selection of beer styles to sample from!
Brewers and BBQers will be set up next to one another to allow patrons that purchase the combination wristband to sample both beer and food as they walk through the event grounds.
Check out the entry form and rules sheet at
Email Quinn Rodenberg for more details.
Email Dan Etling (The Ferm Homebrew Club President) at for more details.
Email Quinn Rodenberg at for more details.
All proceeds from the event go to help the Waterloo Optimist Club do what they do best. Help the youth in the Waterloo area by supporting projects that benefit them both monetarily by donating to youth in need and giving to worthy youth causes in the community as well as physically doing the work to build things like the skate park, roller hockey rink, playgrounds, walking paths, etc.
Must be 21 to purchase combination wristband. Ticket and photo ID is required for entry. Kids are welcome. If they’re eating BBQ and under age 12, they need a junior pitmaster ticket. Wristbands will be required for anyone who is tasting. This event is rain or shine. No refunds will be given.


May 06 2022

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