Louisville’s Forecastle Focuses on Bourbon

LOUISVILLE, KY – The Forecastle Festival, Louisville’s three-day music, art and environmental activism festival, is bringing back its Kentucky Bourbon Trail® outpost, The Bourbon Lodge, with a unique lineup of bourbon offerings, education, bourbon-inspired cuisine, and the return of the charitable partnership, Bourbon Cares. Wall Street Journal best-selling author Fred Minnick hailed Forecastle Festival as “bourbon’s most important festival for new consumers,” in 2013, praising its creation of “future connoisseurs.”

Set to take place July 1719, 2015, Forecastle will feature a diverse collection of Kentucky bourbon brands uniting to offer dozens of bourbon selections within the Bourbon Lodge, including those from Bulleit, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Michter’s, Old Forester, Town Branch, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve, alongside special craft brandy selections from Cooper and Kings. The full list of more than 30 unique selections can be found at ForecastleFest.com.

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Forecastle will once again feature the Bourbon Cares program, presented by Liquor Barn. This charity fundraiser joins together bourbon brands with Forecastle bands to feature special single-barrel selections, available only in the Forecastle Bourbon Lodge. Pairing members of My Morning Jacket with Old Forester, Houndmouth with Woodford Reserve, Shovels & Rope with Four Roses and Twin Limb with Wild Turkey, master distillers will hand-select a barrel to be sold exclusively in the Lodge. The program benefits 501(c)(3) organization The Forecastle Foundation, the festival’s environmental activism arm. One dollar from each Bourbon Cares selection purchased in the Bourbon Lodge and 50 percent of profits from Bourbon Cares bottle sales (available exclusively at Liquor Barn’s Springhurst location) will benefit the organization.

Fireside Chats, presented by Liquor Barn, also return to the Bourbon Lodge stage in 2015, showcasing a special Bourbon Cares presentation from Forecastle Festival and Foundation Founder JK McKnight along with an intimate fan meet-and-greet opportunity with members of My Morning Jacket and Twin Limb. Other Fireside Chats, featuring a wide variety of bourbon experts, will cover the Bourbon Purchasing Process, Bourbon Trivia, the Barrel-Aging Process, Ryes & Shine, and many more. Full details and descriptions can be found at ForecastleFest.com

Named an Eater Young Guns Semifinalist in 2015, Ryan Rogers brings his acclaimed Feast BBQ creations plus a menu of bourbon-inspired cuisine to the Forecastle Bourbon Lodge. Since its inception in 2012, Feast has garnered its share of local and national press including Travel & Leisure Magazine, The Guardian and the Chicago Tribune, cementing its rightful claim as one of the best BBQ joints around.

Bourbon Lodge members will have exclusive access to RSVP for an opportunity to attend an intimate brunch at the Evan Williams Bourbon experience catered by world-renowned chef Edward Lee. Details will be sent to all Bourbon Lodge members and VIP attendees that purchase memberships or VIP tickets by Monday, June 1, available now at ForecastleFest.com.


The festival will also welcome back the beloved Gonzo Bar, dedicated to internationally-acclaimed author and Kentucky bourbon aficionado, Hunter S. Thompson, whose posthumous 78th birthday would have fallen on the second day of Forecastle. The Hunter-themed bourbon bar presented by White Clay Consulting will offer a variety of bourbons and specialty cocktails inspired by the iconic writer.

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