Beer and chili, chili and beer: if there isn't a commercial out there espousing the natural partnership between these two items, which share center stage at CPTV and WNPR's Annual Craft Beer and Chili Challenge this weekend, there ought to be. The concept's pretty simple (and amazing): buy a ticket, float around Rentshler Field on a cloud of cumin, chili pepper heat and hops, vote for you favorite and leave (with the aid of a designated driver, of course, who'll get in for a reduced fee). There's even a demonstration of how to get your own chili on, in your kitchen, when you recover from the beating your taste buds are going to get on Sunday.
3rd Annual Craft Beer and Chili Challenge
Aug. 12, 12-4 p.m., $62.50 (designated driver $46.50), Rentschler Field, East Hartford, (860) 275-7540, beerandchili.org.