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Bacon. Beer. Bands. Baseball. Combine on Saturday, May 17, and you've got Seattle's newest pork- and beer-focused festival.

The Bacon and Beer Classic will be appearing in baseball stadiums all across the country, and organizers are starting on the Mariners’ home turf, setting up the event as a grand finale to Seattle Beer Week.

Some of the biggest beer companies will be offering up their ales and lagers (Samuel Adams and Sierra Nevada), but we’re more interested in snagging tastes from our own—Georgetown Brewing, Scuttlebutt Brewing, Fremont Brewing, Maritime Pacific, Elysian, and Pike Place Brewing will all be pouring their best.

And then there’s the food. Most of it, as you can imagine, is porky: Nook biscuit successor Morsel, Bill the Butcher, Lecosho, and Von Trapp's. Theo Chocolate will be there, too.

There will be two four-hour sessions, and a $59 ticket gets you 3-ounce pours from beer vendors and a sampling of each bacon-filled/bacon-encrusted/bacon-wrapped dish, along with access to the live entertainment (Hey Marseilles and Campfire OK are set to play), game area (think huge versions of Jenga and beer pong), and cooking demos.  

General admission and VIP tickets—you know, if you want access to extra beer and bacon, plus an undefined “VIP lounge”—are on sale now. There’s a discounted ticket for designated drivers, who can sample all the bacon but none of the beer. Good luck in that coin toss among your friends.

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