Kentucky is the epicenter of Bourbon – seriously, 95% of the world’s Bourbon is produced here! As a result, Forecastle is about much more than just the music. The Forecastle Bourbon Lodge has grown into a Forecastle headliner all its own, featuring local eats, drinks, and festival perks that are unrivaled! For the third year, we are partnering with the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to make our Bourbon Lodge a truly immersive experience, with additional culinary experiences, bourbon activities, and more!
Come try a taste of Kentucky with the Forecastle Festival and celebrate bourbon responsibly!
All ages allowed into the Bourbon Lodge / Must be 21+ to enjoy Bourbon.
Forecastle will once again feature the Bourbon Cares Program, presented by Liquor Barn. This charity fundraiser pairs bourbon brands and 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 withWild Turkey, master distillers will hand-select a barrel to be sold exclusively in the Lodge, denoted by asterisks below. The program benefits The Forecastle Foundation, the festival’s environmental activism arm. One dollar from each Bourbon Cares selection purchased in the Bourbon Lodge and 50% of profits from Bourbon Cares bottle sales (available exclusively at Liquor Barn’s Springhurst location) will benefit the Foundation.
Enjoy a pour in the air-conditioned lodge or step out onto the spacious patio to take in the sights and sounds of Forecastle.
Craving a Mint Julep or a Manhattan? Visit the Mixology Station to turn your bourbon of choice into a handcrafted cocktail, sponsored by Liquor Barn.
Louisville favorite Feast BBQ will partner with Forecastle to bring Bourbon Lodge patrons Chef Ryan Rogers nationally acclaimed food pairings to go with Kentucky’s drink of choice.
To top it all off, full-service, air-conditioned restrooms will be available exclusively for patrons of the Bourbon Lodge.
Membership & Pricing
Bourbon Lodge Membership
- Become an official member of the Bourbon Lodge.
- For those who purchase in advance of the festival, fans will gain entry into the Lodge for $25.00 and receive 15 tickets.
- Each ticket is worth $1.00 and will be used to purchase food and drink inside the Lodge.
- Official members will also receive a commemorative Bourbon Lodge double walled, steel mug from Eco Vessel. While supplies last!
- This mug will allow official members to re-enter the Bourbon Lodge at any time throughout the weekend, with or without having tickets on hand.
- Gain limited access to an exclusive brunch at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience on Sunday, July 17 at 11am, a meal catered by renowned Chef Edward Lee, featuring an educational bourbon tasting led by Evan Williams Bourbon Experience Artisanal Distiller Charlie Downs, and open only to Bourbon Lodge members (limit 60 people availability). Tickets available soon!
- Must be 21+ to purchase.
- Add a Bourbon Lodge Membership to your order when purchasing your Forcastle passes or buy direct here!
- For $10.00 on site, fans will gain entry into the Lodge and receive 10 tickets (must be 21+ to purchase).
- Each ticket is worth $1.00 and can be used to purchase food and drink inside the Lodge.
- Fans can re-enter the Lodge by showing a ticket.
- If fans are out of tickets, a minimum purchase of 10 tickets is required to re-enter the Lodge.
Fireside Chats Presented by Liquor Barn
Bourbon Purchasing Process
Single barrel, small batch, blended or bonded? Learn to purchase bourbon like a pro with Liquor Barn’s head buyer, Brad Williams.
Think you know bourbon? Bring your friends and and come test your knowledge in this pub quiz. Join Jane Conner and Rachel Ford of Maker’s Mark, and learn to speak bourbon geek while decking out your bar with prizes.
America's First Bottled Bourbon
Join Whiskey Brand Champion Catherine Platz for a chat about the history of the Brown-Forman brand, founder George Garvin Brown, and the only bourbon bottled before, during, and after prohibition.
The Barrel-Aging ProcessJoin Town Branch Master Distiller Mark Coffman for a fireside chat about the process of barrel-aging bourbon.
A History of Kentucky Bourbon
Join Four Roses’ historian and author Al Young for a lesson on Kentucky’s rich Bourbon heritage and history.
Ryes & Shine
Explore whiskey’s most flavorful ingredient – rye- with Bulleit’s Doug Kragel. He’ll discuss a brief history of rye, its use as a primary and secondary grain in contemporary whiskeys, its chemical composition’s impact on production technique and flavor profile, and prevalence in some of today’s most popular and innovative craft cocktails.
What is American Brandy? Copper & Kings Rocks? Why Kentucky? Join Copper & Kings American Brandy Founder in the Forecastle Bourbon Lodge for a spirited chat (and free-wheeling question and answer session) about Kentucky’s newest introduction to inspired and world class distillation in America’s distilling capital.
Bourbon Cares – A Forecastle Foundation Meet-N-Greet
Join Forecastle Festival & Foundation founder JK McKnight for an overview of the Bourbon Cares program, and the environmental initiatives it supports through the Forecastle Foundation. Select Bourbon Cares artists, including members of My Morning Jacket, Houndmouth, and Twin Limb, will join for a fan meet-n-greet opportunity.
Bringing Whiskey back to Whiskey Row: The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience and “Bourbonism”
Heaven Hill created Louisville’s first Bourbon tourism attraction and the city’s first stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® with the opening of the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in November 2013. Learn firsthand from Larry Kass, Director of Trade Relations for Heaven Hill, about the vision of the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience and the challenges and opportunities of what the mayor of Louisville dubs “Bourbonism,” or Bourbon Tourism. The Artisanal Distiller of the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Charlie Downs, will also be on hand to discuss what it’s like to be the first to make Bourbon in downtown Louisville since colonial times.
It's All About the Whiskey
Join Michter’s Distillery General Manager Andrea Wilson for an overview of Michter’s 100% family-owned and independent Louisville operation. Learn how Michter’s takes a “Cost Be Damned” approach to the production of every barrel to ensure preeminent quality under their whiskey program led by Master Distiller Willie Pratt and Distiller Pam Heilmann, industry veterans with ~60 years of combined experience.
Billy Goat Strut Revue
Billy Goat Strut Revue is Kentucky’s own Bourbon Jazz band. Playing mostly music from the 20’s thru 40’s, they bring a dash of Kentucky twang to a classic New Orleans sound. Formed by guitarist Mark Hamilton in late 2011 and fronted by vocalist Laura Ellis, the band features horns and a dangerous rhythm section. They entertain crowds at festivals, clubs and speakeasy-themed events, taking you to another era with their fun and exciting show.
The Rockstars Behind the Beam
Beam bourbon has been family made since the very first barrel in 1795. Who are the seven generations of Beams that have been so influential on the bourbon industry? From Jacob to Jim to Booker and now Fred, the master distillers have earned the title of Rock Stars in the world of bourbon. Jim Beam Bourbon Ambassador Megan Breier discusses the men who have made Beam Bourbon best selling in the world.