Back By Popular Demand: VIP Weekend Passes

A very limited number of VIP weekend passes are available now! Act quickly — they won’t last long. Don’t miss you chance to experience 3 days of Forecastle in true VIP fashion!

If you have already chosen to go VIP or plan to do so — good news! We’ve partnered with Maker’s Mark and Jim Beam to offer VIP and travel package patrons a free tour of both facilities during your weekend at Forecastle. Check out some of our favorite bourbons and the secrets behind the drinks!

Reservations are not mandatory, but highly encouraged. Please call Maker’s Mark at 270-865-7235 to reserve your spot. To visit Jim Beam, please visit here, click on “Tours and Reservations,” and at check out enter promo code FORECASTLE. Upon arrival, you will also need to show your VIP wristband or printed Travel Package Ticketmaster confirmation to enjoy your complimentary experience.

Explore the Maker’s Mark and Jim Beam tours, and we’ll see ya real soon!

Red Bull Sound Select Presents Road to Forecastle

Who’s ready for the Road to Forecastle?! Red Bull Sound Select is presenting shows with Vintage Trouble in Louisville, J. Roddy Walston & the Business in Indianapolis, and Phosphorescent in Cincinnati curated by The Forecastle Festival! You can RSVP in advance for the June shows and save some cash, or purchase tickets at the door! Check out the shows and reserve your spot now!

The Forecastle NoiseTrade Mixtape

Friends and fans! We’re pleased to announce the Forecastle Mixtape, an all-new handpicked mix of music from some of your favorite 2014 artists! The mixtape is available to download for free courtesy of our friends at NoiseTrade, while voluntary donations will benefit the work of The Forecastle Foundation. Get yours and “share” to help us spread the tunes! Artists on the Mixtape include Local Natives, Trampled by Turtles, Flume, Sun Kil Moon, The Black Lips, and many more!

Bourbon Lodge Memberships: On Sale Now!

Ready, set, bourbon! We’re pleased to announce that due to popular demand, we’re opening Bourbon Lodge memberships back up for purchase! Secure your membership for only $20 while supplies last, and make sure you don’t miss your chance to secure one of the best mugs in bourbon country and all the privileges that come along with it. You can purchase the membership individually or add it on to a weekend pass or daily ticket – the choice is yours! Cheers to that!

The Bourbon Lodge is Back!

Bottoms up! We’re bringing back our Kentucky Bourbon Trail outpost, The Bourbon Lodge, with a unique lineup of bourbon offerings, education and a new charitable partnership called Bourbon Cares. We’ll  also give nod to Louisville native Hunter S. Thompson with a new, Gonzo-inspired bourbon bar.

The Lodge will feature a diverse collection of Kentucky bourbon brands uniting to offer dozens of Bourbon selections, including those from Maker’s Mark, Heaven Hill, Woodford Reserve, Michter’s, Four Roses, Town Branch, Wild Turkey, Jim Beam and more.

New this year, we’re  introducing the Bourbon Cares program, a unique partnership between several bourbon brands and Forecastle bands, featuring special single-barrel selections, available only in the Forecastle Bourbon Lodge. Members of Spoon will hand-select a barrel from Four Roses Bourbon, JJ Grey & Mofro from Heaven Hill and Spanish Gold from Woodford Reserve.

Patrick Hallahan from Spanish Gold and members of the Spoon will also participate in special celebrity mixology sessions where fans can have a drink crafted from the artist-select bourbons, prepared by members of the bands. Proceeds from Bourbon Cares will benefit The Forecastle Foundation.

Featured in USA Today, Martha Stewart Living, and Fox News, Adam Burress and Chase Mucerino have created local hot spots including award-winning barbecue at Hammerheads, wild game burgers at Game and their newest rotisserie-focused creation, Loop 22. They’ll bring their culinary expertise to an exclusive, pop-up restaurant in the Forecastle Bourbon Lodge.

We’re  also debuting a new bar commemorating the legacy of Gonzo journalist and Kentucky bourbon aficionado, Hunter S. Thompson, whose posthumous 77th birthday would have fallen on the first day of Forecastle. The Gonzo Bar, a Hunter-themed bourbon bar presented by White Clay Consulting, will offer a variety of bourbons and specialty cocktails inspired by the iconic writer.

Bourbon Lodge activities will also include Fireside Chats, presented by Liquor Barn, offering an intimate, living-room setting for bourbon education. Festival-goers will have the chance to chat with master distillers and bourbon experts on everything from the spirit’s unique Kentucky history and attributes, to the distillation process and more.

Experienced and novice bourbon drinkers will find a unique and varied selection of bourbons to be served neat or on the rocks, synthesizing a true distillery tasting experience. The Bourbon Lodge will also feature a mixology bar, presented by Liquor Barn, with cocktail creations ranging from Old Fashioned and Manhattan to Mint Julep and more.

With 95 percent of the world’s bourbon produced in the state of Kentucky, we continue to focus on what makes bourbon so special, and of course, so delicious. The goal is to offer it in a way that bourbon drinkers would enjoy, as well as guests who are new to the spirit, perhaps picking up a few new fans over the course of the weekend.

Wall Street Journal best-selling author Fred Minnick hailed Forecastle Festival as “bourbon’s most important festival for new consumers,” in 2013, creating “future connoisseurs.”

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

The Bourbon Lodge began as a small feature 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. Now known as the festivals’ “fourth headliner,” the lodge includes more than 9,000 square feet of bourbon-focused activities in partnership with the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Forecastle Start and End Times

We know you’re hard at work on preparing for your epic Forecastle trip, so before we share the schedule in the coming weeks, we’ve got some key details to help you plan ahead. Each day of the festival, gates will open at 12:30PM, while the music will begin at 1:30PM and conclude at 11:00PM. More details coming soon!

Bourbon Lodge Details: Coming Next Week!

Bottoms up! Coming your way next week, we’ll be sharing all-new details about this year’s Forecastle Bourbon Lodge - a favorite stop for Forecastle fans featuring exclusive festival perks and everyone’s favorite Kentucky beverage. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail presents a truly immersive experience with bourbon education, activities, artist participation and more inside the 2014 Lodge! Stay tuned … here’s a taste of what’s to come!

Announcing the Forecastle Silks contest

It’s that time of the year again … the famed Kentucky Derby is just around the corner! To join in the fun, we’ve got a Derby-themed contest of our own with your chance to win 2 general admission weekend passes to Forecastle! Use this template to create your own Forecastle-themed Derby silks and share it with us on Twitter and Instagram using #ForecastleSilks, before next Tuesday at 11:59 PM EDT! Next Wednesday, April 30, we’ll compile all the entries for you to vote on, so get creative … and start making yours now!

Rules for Entry:

  • One entry per person.
  • Keep it classy: nothing obscene or profane.
  • No use of other (copyrighted or non-copyrighted) images: your creation must be original.
  • No purchase or payment necessary to enter.
  • Tickets won will not have cash value and cannot be sold or transferred.
  • All entries will become the property of Forecastle Festival.
  • Only “likes” on the designs in Forecastle’s Facebook album will count as votes

Announcing the Debut of the Kentucky Landing

Ahoy, Forecastle mates! This year, we’re proud to announce the debut of the all-new Kentucky Landing, a special area of Forecastle which will pay homage to our great commonwealth!

The Landing will feature a variety of Kentucky-made beer and wines, including Against the Grain (Louisville), Bluegrass Brewing Company (Louisville), Falls City Beer (Louisville), Kentucky Ale (Lexington) and West Sixth Brewing Company (Lexington) and Kentucky Proud wines from Kentucky’s only urban winery, Old 502 Winery. After a sampling of brews, chow down on a selection of Louisville food truck fare like Grind Gourmet Burger TruckHoly Molé Taco TruckLongshot LobstaRed’s Corner, and Xtreme Southern Kitchen. In addition, the popular API Poster Show hosted by American Poster Institute will also return and will feature show posters and prints from 14 artists and collectives.

The Landing will also highlight a select group of non-profit organizations and craft vendors who will be on-hand selling their Kentucky-made goods. For the most up-to-date listing of the craft brewers, food trucks, poster show participants, and craft artisans that will be participating in the Landing, visit here.

In addition to pouring their brews in the Landing, our friends at Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse will also host the official Forecastle kickoff event on Thursday, July 17, just steps away from Waterfront Park. The event will feature live music and allow Forecastle patrons already in the area the chance to check-in early and pick up their general admission and VIP weekend pass credentials. More details will be released closer to the festival!