Mudbugs by the thousands

Cajun festival offers cuisine, craft beer and live music — three of Augusta’s favorite things

Mudbugs by the thousands

Now in its sixth year, Augusta’s Mudbugabeaux-N-Brew is still a one of a kind event that combines a New Orleans-style crawfish boil with craft beer and music to provide a solid afternoon of fun in the middle of downtown at the Augusta Common.

Hosted by French Market Grille West’s Jim Beck, who first got the idea for putting on a crawfish boil back in 1992, this year’s centerpiece is 3,000 pounds of crawfish, which festival goers can buy in one- or two-pound increments. That amount is up 800 pounds from last year because Beck said they sold out in 2013 more than an hour before the festival was over.

Beck himself will be there manning the big cooker teeming with crawfish.

“As soon as we get everything set up, we’re gonna start cooking crawfish,” he said.

Some of those crawfish, Beck said, will be reserved for an eating contest that will be held about 6:30-7 p.m. The winner will receive a yet-to-be-revealed prize. Last year, it was a cooler with a built-in radio.

Crawfish — or mudbugs as they’re known in Louisiana — won’t be the only food available at the festival, however. There will be plenty of other things to eat, including muffuletta sandwiches, Beck’s famous jambalaya, boiled peel and eat shrimp with homemade cocktail sauce, and, for the kids, corndogs served on a Frisbee

jim-beckStarting at 3 p.m. and running until 9 p.m., the first 1,000 people through the gates get a free commemorative Mudbugabeaux-N-Brew T-shirt.

At the center of it all, like a mirage too magnificent to disappear, will be the craft beer tent, a Mudbugabeaux-N-Brew mainstay.

It turns out, you really can’t serve that spicy hot stuff without offering some good, cold craft beer. Well, you could, but why would you want to?

Beck said that, in addition to festival mainstay Bud Lite, the Mudbugabeaux-n-Brew will also serve beer from Boulder Brewery, Sweetwater, Alpharetta’s Jekyll Brewing and Statesboro’s Eagle Creek Brewing Company, named after Georgia Southern University’s Beautiful Eagle Creek christened as such by the school’s first football coach Erk Russell. Jekyll and Eagle Creek proved popular with crowds at the recent Banjo-B-Que, especially Eagle Creek’s Grass Roots Lemon Lime Hefeweizen.

Basically, the beer selection is not going to let you down. Neither will the bands — Electric Voodoo, Old Man Crazy, Tom Brown and Son and more.

At only $5 to get in, the family friendly event will also feature plenty of activities for the kids.

Beck said to come prepared for fun… and for the weather.

“We’re in the deep south so be prepared for it to be hot,” he admitted. “And it might rain. But we’re gonna be out there rain or not. If it rains, it won’t rain for long.”

The Sixth Annual Mudbugabeaux-N-Brew
The Augusta Common
Saturday, June 7
3-9 p.m.

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