July 28-29, Windsor, Vt.
In addition to its brewery on the Boston waterfront, Harpoon has a second one in Windsor. Harpoon puts on several popular festivals a year, and this barbecue contest will be celebrating its 12th year in 2012. Live, local music and brewery tours can be enjoyed while 40 teams from around New England compete for trophies and cash. The best part? $5 pints of fresh-brewed Harpoon and UFO beer. Tickets are $15 and include one drink ticket. Harpoon Brewery, 336 Ruth Carney Drive, Windsor, Vt., www.harpoonbrewerey.com