Explore the wonderful world of interactive opportunities that await you at Bourbon & Beyond.
Bourbon & Beyond is proud to offer festivalgoers access to bourbon’s best and brightest in a series of free and intimate workshops throughout the weekend. Entry to the Bourbon Workshops is first-come, first-serve. Follow us on social media to be the first to find out about our distilling, bartending, pairing, and cooking workshops.
CURRENT SATURDAY SCHEDULE:
Mash Bills Bills Bills: The Perfect Blend of Bourbon
Something about corn, rye, wheat, malted barley. Master Blender Drew Mayville will guide you through a tasting of Buffalo Trace Distillery’s mash bills.
Drew Mayville, Master Blender, Buffalo Trace Distillery.
CURRENT SUNDAY SCHEDULE:
1792 – 2017: The 225th Anniversary
Sunday, September 24, 2017 – Join Master Distiller John Hargrove for a tasting of 1792’s expressions.
Chefs, master distillers, and bartenders come together for a weekend of surprise performances and exciting entertainment. Stay tuned for more details!
CURRENT SATURDAY SCHEDULE:
With Pizza Czar Anthony Falco
The Wonder Women of Whiskey
With Allisa Henley, Marianne Barnes, Jane Danger & Alla, TBD Michter’s, TBD Maker’s Mark, Ouita Michael Moderator: Susan Riegler.
– From distilling to distributing, branding to bartending meet a few of the women who are leading calling the shots in the bourbon business.
CURRENT SUNDAY SCHEDULE:
Love & Fried Chicken
With Carla Hall
Trifecta of Taste
With Edward Lee, Chris Cosentino, and Matthew Landan
With Cosmo Goss & Erling Wu-Bower
Down The Rabbit Hole
Feat. Proprietors LLC of Death & Co.
Rabbit Hole invites you to go #DownTheRabbitHole into an exclusive bar hidden off the beaten path featuring cocktails by Proprietors LLC, the team behind Death & Co. That’s all we can say for now – figuring out how to get in will be entirely up to you!
DISCOUNTED BOURBON EXPERIENCES
Check out an exclusive list of Bourbon distillery and related attractions brought to you by the City of Louisville at discounted prices.We’ve also put together some one-of-a-kind Bourbon experiences for you. You can download your itineraries HERE.
MUSEUM ROW ON MAIN
9 Louisville Original museums, all located within a few walkable blocks of each other.
URBAN BOURBON TRAIL
A collection of over 30 “Bourbon Bars” in the city, most in the downtown area. A passport for the trail can be picked up at the Louisville Visitors Center, or any of the stops along the way, or the Urban Bourbon Trail app can be downloaded on smart phones. With each stop made along the trail, guests will get a stamp (you don’t have to purchase bourbon either! you can purchase a soft drink, a beer, salad, whatever you like) in the passport. After 6 stamps are collected, the passport can be redeemed at the Visitors Center for a fun prize! And, the passport never expires, so no need to try to do it all in one visit!
EVAN WILLIAMS BOURBON EXPERIENCE
Located on Louisville’s historic “Whiskey Row,” the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience features an artisanal distillery, tours, tastings, and more!
MINT JULIP TOURS
Mint Julep Tours offers city, horse farm and bourbon distillery tours.
Louisville Originals is an organization of fabulous locally owned restaurants.
This website features Louisville’s awesome culinary scene.
HOT BROWN HOP
The Hot Brown is a dish that started in Louisville and over time, several locally owned restaurants have put their own spin on it. The Hot Brown Hop is a listing of all of the restaurants in Louisville that serve Hot Browns.
LOUISVILLE MEGA CAVERN
Featuring six underground zip lines, including a fun filled dual racing zip, two awesome challenge bridges that will test your skill, balance, and mettle; this tour is guaranteed to get your heart racing and your adrenaline pumping.
Grab & Go Bars
You’ll find plenty of Grab & Go Bars throughout our grounds with Kentucky’s kindest bartenders serving bourbon, spirits, beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages for purchase.
Southern Soul Party
Hosted by Maker's Mark
Come dressed to impress, ready to get down and eat up at the Southern Soul Party. Our friends at Maker’s Mark are coming to Bourbon & Beyond with a sophisticated celebration of throwback hits, classics cocktails, and good-to-the-bone barbeque.
Southern Soul Party will feature guest appearances by Kevin Asworth (610 Magnolia, Louisville), Stacie Stewart (MilkWood, Louisville), Jane Bowie (maturation specialist, Maker’s Mark), and irresistibly funky tunes by Derby City Soul Club with DJs Matt Anthony & Kim Sorise, winners of the 2016 Louisville Music Award for “Best Live DJ”.
The Southern Soul Party hosted by Maker’s Mark is open to all festivalgoers. Follow us on social media to be the first to find out about more details to be announced in the coming weeks.
The B&B Supper Club
Hosted by Angel's Envy
Bourbon & Beyond is proud to announce The B&B Supper Club featuring award-winning chef, restaurateur, and Top Chef host Tom Colicchio. Join us for an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Chef Tom Colicchio and whiskey pairings by Angel’s Envy, all while you enjoy an unbeatable view of our music stages. Only 30 seats will be available.
A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit A Place at the Table.
The B&B Supper Club
Hosted by Jefferson's Bourbon
Bourbon & Beyond is proud to announce The B&B Supper Club featuring Edward Lee (610 Magnolia, Louisville) & Chris Cosentino (Cockscomb, San Francisco) and hosted by Jefferson’s Bourbon. Join us for an exclusive multi-course dinner and a different Jefferson’s Bourbon expression paired with each course by founder Trey Zoeller. Only 30 seats will be available; all featuring an unbeatable view of our music stages. After dinner, attendees will be invited to view the remainder of the show in the VIP Mint Garden viewing area and hang space.
BOOK YOUR SEAT HERE
The Big Bourbon Bar
Presented By Courier Journal
The Big Bourbon Bar features our incredible lineup of bourbons curated by our experts and you, the fans! Whether you’re in the mood for something adventurous or a classic concotion, our expert bartenders will be shaking, stirring, and serving up thousands of bourbon cocktails all weekend long. Furthermore, The Bluegrass Situation has curated a lineup of bluegrass bands to provide the soundtrack for the weekend. In between sets, join resident expert Fred Minnick for classes and conversations suitable for anyone from the bourbon beginner to aficionado. We’ll announce the full cocktail menu in the coming weeks. Follow us on social media to be the first to find out!
Fred Minnick’s Minibar
We’ve asked Fred Minnick, Bourbon & Beyond’s resident expert, to join us at The Big Bourbon Bar to offer casual bourbon classes, host conversations with other personalities, and introduce up-and-coming bourbon distilleries to the world, including Bluegrass Distillers, Boone County, Hartfield & Co., Jeptha Creed, Limestone Branch, MB Roland, and New Riff.
The Bluegrass Stage curated by The Bluegrass Situation A huge thanks to our friends at The Bluegrass Situation for helping us curate The Bluegrass Stage inside The Big Bourbon Bar. Check them out here.
The Big Easy Boil
Hosted by Southern Comfort
Southern Comfort brings the flavors of New Orleans to Bourbon & Beyond with The Big Easy Boil: a weekend-long party featuring funky music, delicious food, and refreshing Southern Comfort cocktails.
Shaggy Davis (NOLA Crawfish King, New Orleans) will be slinging over half a ton of delicious seafood while guest chef Anthony Lamas (Seviche, Louisville) cooks up his Latin spin on Cajun. Johnny Siegel, host of “Sounds Below Sea Level” on ARTxFM, spins an eclectic gumbo of New Orleans tunes.
The Big Easy Boil presented by Southern Comfort is open to all festivalgoers. Follow us on social media to be the first to find out about more details to be announced in the coming weeks.
The Brown-Forman Cooperage
Brown-Forman is the the only major spirits company in the entire world to make its own new barrels, and Bourbon & Beyond is very excited to partner with The Brown-Forman Cooperage to offer festivalgoers the experience of witnessing the historic art of barrel raising.
The Chicks & Champs Gospel Brunch
Join us Saturday & Sunday mornings for an incredible feast with bottles of bubbly and down-home fried chicken – choose your favorite style from Classic, Hot or Japanese Karaage as the perfect pairing to kick-off your day at Bourbon & Beyond. Saturday’s brunch will feature chefs Erling Wu-Bower & Cosmo Goss and local favorite Gospel Bird. Sunday’s meal features chef Carla Hall. We’ll also have an amazing ensemble of gospel singers performing each day to get your spirits lifted!
The History of Bourbon
Discover and learn about bourbon history at our History of Bourbon exhibit.
The Hunter’s Club
An exclusive bar with experimental, rare, and hard-to-find bourbons, The Hunter’s Club is a bourbon hound’s dream come true.
The Mint Experience
Freshen up your weekend by upgrading to The Mint Experience, and you’ll gain access to exclusive amenities. Packages include:
- Dedicated entrance lanes into the festival.
- The Mint Garden, an exclusive and comfortable hang area with dedicated culinary offerings.
- Mint Bars with premium beverages for purchase and a daily happy hour with specialty bourbon cocktails.
- Elevated grandstand-style bleachers and VIP-only viewing areas with excellent views of the music stages.
- Upgraded restroom facilities.
- The Mint Garden gift shop, where you can pick up your commemorative Bourbon & Beyond tasting glass, plus additional festival brand merchandise for purchase.
The Smooth Ambler Saloon
Featuring Old Scout
Hidden somewhere on the grounds of Bourbon & Beyond is The Smooth Ambler Saloon, a speakeasy featuring Old Scout bourbon cocktails. Stay tuned for details on how to get in!
Tiki Barrel Bar
One part bourbon tiki cocktails. One part dance party. Stirred and shaken. The Tiki Barrel Bar will feature cocktails by bartenders Jane Danger (Mother of Pearl, New York) & Alla Lapuschik (Post Office, Brooklyn) plus DJ sets all weekend long by Craig Pfunder and Coat Check Pool Party.
The Tiki Barrel Bar is open to all festivalgoers. Follow us on social media to be the first to find out about more details to be announced in the coming weeks.