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"We obviously underestimated how much they’d go through," Turner Beverage’s Nick Rhymer says of craft-beer consumption at last year’s WhistleStop Weekend. "The final tally was 64 kegs and they started out with way less than that." Huntsville barbecue festival WhistleStop 2015’s Craft Beer Pit will begin with 56 kegs, each of which hold about five gallons of beer. A quintet of local and regional breweries will be featured: Rocket Republic (Mach I IPA, AstroNut Brown Ale); Brew Stooges (Blonde Dame, Vanilla Knucklehead Porter); Ole Shed (Southern Pale Ale, Smokehouse Stout, Pot Belly Porter); Back 40 (Paw Paw’s Peach Wheat, Naked Pig Pale Ale, Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale, Fence Post Session Ale) and Black Warrior (Apricot Wheat, Oatmeal Stout). The Craft Beer Pit is cash only.


Twelve ounce pours are $6. For those with more dressed-down libation preferences, Turner will also have cans of Budweiser, Bud Light, Mang-O-Rita and Lime-A-Rita on sale for $5. To purchase alcoholic beverages, WhistleStop attendees must bring valid ID and obtain a wristband, which can be done at any stations on-site selling said products. A few things you can NOT bring into the 15 th annual WhistleStop, being held 4 – 11 p. m. May 1 and 10 a. m. – 11 p. m. May 2 at the Historic Huntsville Depot, address 320 Church St.: coolers; animals (except service animals); bicycles; skateboards; firearms/weapon; any outside beverages of any kid. Attendees CAN bring chairs. Bags are permitted but are subject to search before entering the festival. Weekend ($35) and single-day ($25) WhistleStop passes are available at the gate (cash only) and whistlestopweekend. com. WhistleStop proceeds benefit EarlyWorks Children’s Museum and educational programs for area children. For attendees interested in sampling cook-teams’ barbecue there are two primary ways to do so. For $10 you can be a "Wing Thing" judge and help pick the best chicken wings Friday 6 – 7:30 p. m. Price includes 10 wings and a non-alcoholic drinks.

On Saturday 1 p. m. – 3 p. m. visit the ShadeTree (amateur) cooking teams that offer samples and vote for your "People’s Choice" favorite with dollar bills and pocket change. The complete barbecue awards and music schedule is below. Read a Q&A with Friday music headliner Sister Hazel here, and a story about Saturday headliner Kansas’ history with Huntsville that dates back to "Dust In the Wind" here. Read about the eight local and regional bands playing WhistleStop here.

Take our quiz to see if you can tell the real WhistleStop cook-team names from the fakes here. Friday, May 1 5:30 p. m. Dirt Circus 6:30 p. m. Tres Locos 7:30 p. m. Unbroken the Band 8:30 p. m. Shelby Lee Lowe 9:45 p. m. Sister Hazel Saturday, May 2 4:00 p. m. Big Daddy Kingfish 4:30 p. m. KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society) Awards 5:00 p. m. Ashlyn Maine 6:15 p. m. Desperate Hero 7:30 pm. The Beasley Brothers 8:30 p. m. ShadeTree (amateur barbecue competition) Awards 9:45 p. m. Kansas satu Satur


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