Hangout Oyster Cook-Off

October 15, 2019 - Gulf Shores, AL - (OBA®) - The 12th Annual Hangout Oyster Cook-Off Craft Spirits and Beer Weekend has added a Craft Spirits & Beer Night kickoff party on Friday, November 1st to the extraordinary lineup of events happening November 1-2 in Gulf Shores. The opening night party will feature hard-to-find rare bourbons, rums, and tequilas paired with cuisine created by top chefs and legendary pitmasters. Live music will round out the night from Crawford + Power and Boy Named Banjo. 


At Craft Spirits & Beer Night, hard to come by bourbons like Pappy Van Winkle will be paired with high-end barbecue. Rums like Matusalem will be paired with Caribbean cuisine, and Mexican food will be paired with boutique tequilas including Avion 44. The craft beer village features All-American gourmet grilled food with the best burgers and hotdogs on the beach. The long list of featured spirits includes: 


Elijah Craig Small Batch
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof
Larceny Small Batch
Old Fitzgerald
Pikesville 5780 Rye
Henry McKenna Single Barrel
Smooth Ambler
Maker's Mark 46
Basil Hayden
George Dickel
Ketel One
Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection
Sazerac Rye
Pappy Van Winkle
Willett Distillery 
Clyde May’s 110 Proof
WhistlePig Double Rye
Stagg Jr.
E.H. Taylor
WL Weller Reserve
Eagle Rare
Old Forester 1897
Old Forester 1870
Old Forester 1920
Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel
Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye
Woodford Reserve
Woodford Reserve Double Oak
Chicken Cock
Rusell’s Reserve 


Cruzan Single Barrel
Mount Gay XO  
Matusalem 18
Kirk and Sweeney
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva
Foursquare Probitas
Brugal 1888
Don Q
Flor-De-Cana 18 YR
Bumbu XO


Lunazul Blanco E8664
Avión 44
El Tesoro Blanco Reposado
Cuervo Tradicional, Silver Repo
Cuervo Reserva De La Familia 190
Maestro Dobel
Casa Noble
Gran Centenario Silver
Corralejo Silver
Milago Silver Reposado
Mi Campo
1800 Anejo
Herradura Silver, Reposado
Dulce Vida Blanco
Dulce Vida Grapefruit
Dulce Vida Lime
Dulce Vida Jalapeños


Big Beach
Trim Tab
Good People
Goat Island
Southern Prohibition
Salt Life
Old Black Bear

Spotlight on Bourbon and BBQ at Friday Craft Spirits Night

This year, Hangout Oyster Cook-Off has added a Bourbon & BBQ spotlight to Craft Spirits & Beer Night with high-end BBQ prepared by some of the hottest pitmasters in the U.S. including Hardcore Carnivore Jess Pryles, Shane McBride, and Sam Jones. 

Jess Pryles is a live fire cook and author. She is a regular on Food Network and has appeared on NBC’s Today Show. Jess is a co-founder of the Australasian Barbecue Alliance and the creator of the internationally acclaimed line of meat seasonings, Hardcore Carnivore®, with a cookbook of the same name. Her original recipes and articles reach hundreds of thousands of fans each year and resonate with likeminded meat-fans around the globe.

Shane McBride is a partner of the iconic New York barbecue restaurants Pig Beach and Pig Bleecker. Shane regularly travels the professional BBQ circuit with his team Ribdiculous, competing at the Memphis in May World Championship, among other prominent barbecue competitions. 

Sam Jones is the third generation to cook traditional whole hog barbecue at Skylight Inn in Ayden, NC. Sam’s family opened Skylight Inn in 1947/ Since then, they have always stayed true to what has made them what they are — a standard bearer for wood-cooked eastern North Carolina style barbecue. In 2012, Sam was named as one of the “Top Ten Pitmasters in South” by Southern Living.

Live Music Lineup Featuring Crawford & Power + Boy Named Banjo

Crawford & Power will kick off the party on Friday night. The duo has opened for Willie Nelson, Travis Tritt, The Marshall Tucker Band among others with roots in classic country music with a dash of Americana and southern rock. They like to call their sound “classic country music revival with a splash of sweet iced tea and whiskey.”

Nashville’s Boy Named Banjo brings an energetic blend of rock, alt-country, and folk pop that keeps the audience on their feet. Their hit album Tanglewood Sessions has over 3 million streams on Spotify. Boy Named Banjo has performed at Bonnaroo and has toured all over the U.S. The group received a nomination for “Best Local Band in Nashville by The Tennessean and is currently touring behind its new EP – Lost on Main. The group’s new music release includes the hit “Feel For You”. 

Hangout Cookoff Weekend VIP Experience 

Tickets for the VIP Weekend Experience are going fast. Each weekend VIP ticket includes admission to the Friday Craft Spirits & Beer Kickoff, Saturday's Oyster Cook-Off, two tasting ticket booklets (total of 30 tickets), admission to a “Chefs Only” private after party, free refreshments, plus exclusive tastings featuring recipes by celebrity chefs.