Forecastle Announces Bourbon Program



LOUISVILLE, KY – The Forecastle Festival, Louisville’s three-day festival celebrating the best in music, art and environmental activism, is bringing a slice of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail directly to its fans with a lineup of Bourbon offerings, featuring an expanded Bourbon Lodge, bourbon-inspired culinary experience and much more. The 2013 Festival is set to take place July 12-14, at Louisville’s scenic Waterfront Park.

The 2013 Bourbon Lodge will feature over 12 Kentucky Bourbon brands uniting to offer over 30 Bourbon selections, including Four Roses, Maker’s Mark, Woodford Reserve, Old Forrester, Early Times, Willet, Old Pogue, Heaven Hill, Corsair Distillery, Wild Turkey, Town Branch and Jim Beam, among others.

Guests will also have the opportunity to engage with an exclusive culinary experience called SMOKED, a southern soul food experience imagined by Jim ‘N Nicks famous southern barbeque and Chef Ed Lee of Milkwood, only available in the Bourbon Lodge.

“I’ve never met a bourbon I didn’t like,” said Chef Ed Lee. Combine that with Jim ‘N Nick’s guiding principle of “low and slow” and you have SMOKED. This entirely new pop-up culinary experience will be available exclusively at the Bourbon Lodge and will feature a one-time-only menu from Chef Lee’s newest restaurant, Milkwood, and the South’s best BBQ, Jim ‘N Nicks.

With 95 percent of the world’s bourbon produced in the state of Kentucky, the festival wanted to focus on what makes bourbon so special, and of course, so delicious. The goal is to offer it in a way that not only bourbon drinkers would enjoy, but would also appeal to guests who were new to the spirit, perhaps picking up a few new fans over the course of the weekend.

Master Distillers and bourbon experts will also be on hand to discuss all things bourbon:  fermentation and distillation process, the spirit’s unique history and historical figures, flavor profiles and more, direct from those who know it best.

While bourbons will be served neat or on the rocks to synthesize a true tasting experience, the Bourbon Lodge will also feature a mixology station, presented by Liquor Barn, that will offer cocktail creations ranging from Manhattans to Mint Juleps.

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, Four Roses and Woodford Reserve, Old Forrester and Early Times. Details for these unique bars as well as more details on the Bourbon Lodge menu of selections, food offerings from SMOKED, schedule of educational activities, and more, will be forthcoming.

Full Bourbon Lodge details including pricing, membership and more, can be found at

The Bourbon Lodge began as a small activation in 2012 to bring the community’s love for bourbon and Kentucky’s rich bourbon history into the festival and share it with visitors in a way that was experiential, educational and fun. After a successful inaugural year, the lodge will expand to 12 brands and include over 9,000 sq. ft. of activities, a partnership with the Kentucky Distillers Association.

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