Forecaslte showcasing Kentucky’s spirit


LOUISVILLE– The Forecastle Festival is bringing a slice of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail directly to its fans.

The three-day arts, music and activism festival will  feature a lineup of bourbon offerings in an expanded Bourbon Lodge and a bourbon-inspired culinary experience during this year’s event.

The Bourbon Lodge will feature more than 12 Kentucky bourbon brands, and more than 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 in 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.

“I’ve never met a bourbon I didn’t like,” Lee said in a press release. Combined with Jim ‘N Nick’s guiding principle of “low and slow” the chefs have created SMOKED, a pop-up culinary experience available only at the Bourbon Lodge. It will feature a one-time-only menu from Lee’s newest restaurant, Milkwood, and the South’s best BBQ, Jim ‘N Nicks.

Master Distillers and bourbon experts will also be on hand to discuss all things bourbon.

While bourbons will be served neat or on the rocks to engender 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 three specialty bourbon bars throughout the festival.

Two ways fans can enjoy all of the perks of this year’s Bourbon Lodge are: for $5 fans will gain entry into the Lodge and receive five tickets worth $1 to be used to purchase food and drinks inside the Lodge. Fans can re-enter the Lodge by showing a ticket, but if fans are out of tickets, a minimum purchase of five tickets is required to re-enter. The second option is to become an official member of the Bourbon Lodge.
For $10 fans will gain entry into the Lodge and receive five tickets, again worth $1. Official members will also receive a commemorative Bourbon Lodge double walled, steel mug from Eco Vessel, while supplies last. The mug will allow official members to re-enter the Bourbon Lodge at any time throughout the weekend, with or without tickets

You Must be 21-years-old or older to participate.

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


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The music blog of the News and Tribune, Jeffersonville & New Albany, Ind.

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