Kentucky is the epicenter of Bourbon – seriously, 95% of the world’s Bourbon is produced here! This year we are partnering with Kentucky Distillers’ Association to make our Bourbon lodge a more immersive experience, with additional Bourbon bars, activations and the new Bourbon inspired culinary experience SMOKED by Jim ‘N Nicks and Milkwood!
Jim ‘N Nick’s is all about making the best BBQ possible with a guiding principle of “low and slow.” Combine that with Chef Edward Lee of Milkwood who says, “I’ve never met a Bourbon I didn’t like.” and you have SMOKED. We are upping the game of the Bourbon Lodge this year with an amazing menu from local Louisvillian and former Top Chef contestant Chef Lee’s hot new restaurant, Milkwood, and the South’s best BBQ, Jim ‘N Nicks. Neither of these restaurants are known for taking shortcuts, so prepare yourself for an exciting and passionate menu, available exclusively at the Bourbon Lodge.
Jim ‘N Nicks famous hickory smoked pulled pork
Chef Ed Lee’s Collard Greens and Ginger Cole Slaw
All made with the best ingredients and served up to pair perfectly with your bourbon.
12 different Kentucky Bourbon brands will feature a selection of over 30 fine offerings available for purchase at Forecastle: Four Roses, Maker’s Mark, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Early Times, Willett, Old Pogue, Heaven Hill, Corsair Artisan, Wild Turkey, Town Branch, and Jim Beam.
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
Old Forester Classic 86
Old Forester Signature
Early Times 354
Wild Turkey 81
Russell’s Reserve 10 year
Corsair Triple Smoked Whiskey
Corsair Ryemageddon Whiskey
Corsair Quinoa Whiskey
Four Roses Yellow
Four Roses Small Batch
Four Roses Single Barrel
Four Roses Single Barrel Private Selection (hand selected by Master Distiller)
Evan Williams Black
Evan Williams 1783
Elijah Craig 12
Evan Williams Honey Reserve
Old Pogue Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Five Fathers Pure Malt Rye (limited availability)
Jim Beam Honey
Jim Beam Black
Jim Beam 7-year
Willett Pot Still Reserve
Johnny Drum Private Stock
Willett Family Estate Bottled Rye (limited availability)
Pearse Lyons Reserve
Master distillers and Bourbon experts will also be on hand to discuss all things Bourbon, including the fermentation and distillation process, unique history and historical figures, flavor profiles and more, direct from those who know it best.
We’ll have three days of the Master Distillers Series, dishing Bourbon 101. From the history to the future, craft vs. classic and everything in between — you’ll learn all about what makes Bourbon so special!
In the laid back and easy-speaking Bourbon Speakeasy, these Bourbon gurus will catch you up Bourbon’s latest trends, including Bourbon-on-a-fork and traveling the almighty Bourbon Trail.
During the Celebrity Mixology sessions presented by Liquor Barn, members of The Alabama Shakes will be mixin’ things up on Saturday – with a portion of the proceeds goes to The Forecastle Foundation.
MASTER DISTILLER SERIES: 4:30-5:00PM
Bernie Lubbers, Bourbon Ambassador, Heaven Hill
LIVE BURLESQUE PERFORMANCE: 5:00-5:30PM
BOURBON SPEAKEASY: 7:30-8:00PM
Bernie Lubbers, Bourbon Ambassador, Heaven Hill
Adam Johnson, Kentucky Distillers Association, Bourbon Trail Blazer
LIVE BURLESQUE PERFORMANCE: 9:00-10:00PM
MASTER DISTILLER SERIES: 4:00-4:30PM
Byron Banks, Regional Sales Manager, Four Roses
LIVE BURLESQUE PERFORMANCE: 7:15-7:45PM
featuring national artists Foxy La Felion, Siobhan Atomica & Marvis Lee Mae with a troupe of dazzling dancers
CELEBRITY BARTENDING: 9:30-10:30PM
members of The Alabama Shakes
LIVE BURLESQUE PERFORMANCE: 10:30-11:30PM
MASTER DISTILLER SERIES: 3:00-3:30PM
BOURBON SPEAKEASY: 6:30-7:00PM
Other amenities include:
Enjoy a pour in the air-conditioned Lodge or step out onto the spacious patio to take in the sights and sounds of the Port Stage.
Craving a Mint Julep or a Manhattan? We’ve got you covered. Visit the Mixology Station to turn your taste into a delicious Bourbon cocktail.
To top it all off – full-service, air conditioned restrooms will be available exclusively for Bourbon Lodge patrons.
Two ways to experience this year’s Bourbon Lodge:
- For $5.00, fans will gain entry into the Lodge and receive 5 tickets.
- Each ticket is worth $1.00 and can be used to purchase food and drink inside the Lodge.
- Fans can re-enter the Lodge by showing a ticket.
- If fans are out of tickets, a minimum purchase of 5 tickets is required to re-enter the Lodge.
- Become an official member of the Bourbon Lodge.
- For $10.00, fans will gain entry into the Lodge and receive 5 tickets.
- Each ticket is worth $1.00 and will be used to purchase food and drink inside the Lodge.
- Official members will also receive a commemorative Bourbon Lodge double walled, steel mug from Eco Vessel. While supplies last!
- This mug will allow official members to re-enter the Bourbon Lodge at any time throughout the weekend, with or without having tickets on hand.
In addition to the Bourbon Lodge, the Forecastle Festival will also feature 3 specialty Bourbon bars and activations throughout the festival, presented by: Maker’s Mark (Mast Stage), Four Roses Bourbon Bar (Boom Stage), and the Ol’ Fo Bourbon Show Bar (Port Stage).
Come try a taste of Kentucky with the Forecastle Festival and celebrate Bourbon responsibly!
All ages allowed into the Bourbon Lodge / Must be 21+ to enjoy Bourbon