Explore the wonderful world of interactive opportunities that await you at Bourbon & Beyond.
Tiki Barrel Bar
One part bourbon tiki cocktails. One part dance party. Stirred and shaken. The Tiki Barrel Bar will feature bartenders Jane Danger & Alla Lapuschik plus DJ sets all weekend long by Coat Check Pool Party.
The Big Easy Boil
Hosted by Southern Comfort
The Big Easy drops into Bourbon & Beyond with guest chef Anthony Lamas (Seviche) bringing a latin flavor along with NoLa Crawfish King, incredible New Orleans music, and pitchers of refreshing Southern Comfort cocktails. Oh, did we mention over half a ton of delicious seafood? Yeah, that’s coming too.
Southern Soul Party
Hosted by Maker's Mark
Come dressed to impress, ready to get down and eat up at Bourbon & Beyond’s backyard barbecue party. Throwback hits, classics cocktails, and good-to-the-bone barbeque. This party features Jane Bowie (Maker’s Mark), and Kevin Ashworth & Stacie Stewart (610 Magnolia) plus DJ set s by Derby City Soul.
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. Click here for the list of bourbons available at The Big Bourbon Bar (http://bourbonandbeyond.com/the-basics/bourbon). 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 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.
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.
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.
Experience the excitement of making bourbon at The Distillery, where festivalgoers can discover the life of a master blender, taster, and distiller.
The History of Bourbon
Discover and learn about bourbon history at our History of Bourbon exhibit.
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
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 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 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 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.
Down The Rabbit Hole
Feat. Death & Co.'s Proprietors LLC
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!
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!
Booker Noe’s Small Batch Bar
Feat. Baker's, Basil Hayden & Knob Creek
Booker Noe was a sixth-generation master distiller who grew up at a distillery in the heart of Kentucky. He was born to bourbon. He actually coined the term “small batch.” And if you can find Booker Noe’s Small Batch Bar, you’ll be one of the lucky guests to taste and experience what Booker believed in: Like bourbon, life is best enjoyed in slower, smaller batches.
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.
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