Hundreds came out Friday for some barbecue and beer in downtown Aiken.                                                                                                                                        

The Aiken Downtown Development Association hosted the fifth annual Hop N' Hogs celebration on Friday night on Newberry Street.

The free event offered up craft beer from 20 plus breweries throughout the region, various barbecue vendors and live music from a local band.

"I've been coming out to this for the past three years," said Eliza Borderman. "I just can't get enough barbecue. Also, I don't think there is anything that goes better with barbecue than beer."

Borderman said after eating and having a few drinks, she's going to end her night dancing to the music.

Jimmy Hicks, with Catering by the Deft Chef, was a vendor for the first time this year and he had the whole hog out for viewing.

"I cooked that thing for 14 hours and it's great, falling off the bone," Hicks said.

Jane and Crawford Brankin enjoyed the event Friday for the first time as well.

"We're from Scotland," Jane Brankin said. "We're having so much fun."

Beer was served by Jekyl Brewing, Palmetto Brewing Co., Savannah River Brewing Co., Southern Barrel Brewing Co., Highland Brewing Co., Green Man Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, Thomas Creek Brewery, RJ Rockers Brewing Co., Legal Remedy Brewing, Lo-Fi Brewing, SweetWater Brewing Co., Terrapin Beer Co., River Rat Brewery, The Unknown Brewing Co., Service Brewing Co., Fullsteam Brewery, Fatty's Beer Works, Old Mecklenburg Brewing, South Bound Brewing Co., Ballast Point Brewery, Conquest Brewing Co. and Full Spectrum Brewing Co.

"Aiken is such an amazing little town," said Angelica Mason, from New York. "This is my first time and I'm having just too much fun. I can't wait to come back."

Tripp Girardeau is the crime and courts reporter with the Aiken Standard. Follow him on Twitter at @trippgirardeau.