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 fourth 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!

In addition, Forecastle and Liquor Barn are teaming up to offer an experience of a lifetime to a pair of lucky fans. Imagine joining Liquor Barn’s Master Taster and Category Director Brad Williams on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail for a Private Distillery Tour, Lunch and Tasting with a Master Distiller. Top it off with a pair of “Golden Tickets” to Forecastle 2017, and you’ve got yourself the ultimate Kentucky experience. Details inside the Bourbon Lodge.

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.

Bourbon Offerings

  • Bulleit Barrel Strength
    Bulleit Bourbon
    Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old
    Bulleit Rye

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  • Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon
    Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
    Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon
    Four Roses Private Selection Single Barrel

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  • Jim Beam Black
    Jim Beam Apple
    Basil Hayden's
    Knob Creek Rye

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  • Larceny Bourbon

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  • Maker's Mark
    Maker’s Mark Private Selection
    Maker's 46
    Maker's Mark Cask Strength

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  • Michter's Small Batch Bourbon
    Michter's Single Barrel Rye
    Michter's 10 Year Bourbon

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  • Old Forester Signature
    Old Forester 1870
    Old Forester 1897
    Old Forester Bourbon Cares Selection

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  • Wild Turkey Rare Breed
    Russell's Reserve 10 Year
    Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Rye
    Wild Turkey 101

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  • Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select
    Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
    Woodford Reserve Rye
    Woodford Reserve Bourbon Cares Selection

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bourbon cares

Forecastle will once again feature the Bourbon Cares program, presented by Liquor BarnThis tasty fundraising program pairs Forecastle Bourbon Brands with Forecastle Foundation conservation partners, to support numerous Kentucky-based conservation projects. Participating brands include Four Roses, Wild Turkey, Old Forester, and Woodford Reserve. Unique, single-barrel selections will benefit various partners via The Forecastle Foundation, the festival’s 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. These selections are available only in the Forecastle Bourbon Lodge and for sale at a select Liquor Barn location.


  • 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, presented by Liquor Barn.

  • Local chef Jason Brauner of Louisville’s own Bourbons Bistro will be creating a unique, rotating menu centered around bourbon and featuring food from locally sourced farms provided by ValuMarket.

  • New this year! Select brands will be crafting signature cocktails exclusively available at their booths in the Lodge. More details coming soon!

  • Can’t decide on just one bourbon? Enjoy selections from all of your favorite brands at the new flight bar presented by Liquor Barn!

  • 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.
    • For those who purchase memberships on-site, fans will gain entry into the Lodge for $30.00 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 Eco Vessel Bourbon Lodge double walled, steel mug. 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 exclusive bourbon experiences coming soon.
    • Must be 21+ to purchase.
    • Add a Bourbon Lodge Membership to your order when purchasing your Forecastle passes or buy direct here!
  • Bourbon Taster

    • 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.


Bourbon Lodge activities will 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.

  • Friday, July 15

    • 4:00pm-4:30pm: Secondary Aging of Bourbon

      Join Jane Bowie from Maker’s Mark, Cat Platz from Brown-Forman, and Craig Weiter from Jim Beam as they discuss the aging of bourbon in secondary barrels and the addition of distinct wooden staves to the aging process.

    • 5:45pm-6:15pm: Barrel Raising in Bourbon Making

      Join one of the barrel makers from the Brown-Forman Cooperage as he describes the role the barrel plays in crafting a bourbon followed by a barrel-raising demonstration.

    • 7:30pm-8:30pm: 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.

  • Saturday, July 16

    • 2:00pm-2:30pm: Cooking with Bourbon

      Jason Brauner, owner of local restaurant Bourbon’s Bistro, will discuss the history of the restaurant, his thought process when cooking and pairing food with bourbon, as well as the nuances of using various types of bourbon with a variety of foods. Demonstration to follow!

    • 3:30pm-4:00pm: Learn to Speak Bourbon Geek

      Expand your bourbon vocabulary and your bourbon gear at this “class.” Who knew learning could be so fun?

    • 5:30pm-6:00pm: The Sordid Histories of the Old Fashioned

      Join local mixologist Jared Schubert as he explores the weird and wonderful history of the Old Fashion Cocktail, and it’s many variations, and where they stem from. Don’t miss this exciting demonstration!

  • Sunday, July 17

    • 2:00pm-2:30pm: The Essential Home Bourbon Bar

      Everything you need to know about the things you need to create the best bourbon bar in your home. Mixologist Jared Schubert will teach you everything from tools to tricks that’ll make you into the best home mixologist.

    • 3:30pm-4:00pm: History of Bourbon

      Take a step back in time, as Four Roses Brand Ambassador, Al Young, takes you on a journey through History. Learn about the decline and rebirth of Bourbon and today’s Bourbon boom.

    • 5:15pm-5:45pm: DIY Cocktails

      Join Joanne Street, granddaughter of Master Distiller Jimmy Russell of the Wild Turkey Distillery, as she discusses making your favorite craft cocktail from the comforts of your own home.