Bourbon Lodge™


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 unrivaled local eats, drinks, and festival perks! We partner 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! Add a Bourbon Lodge™ Membership to your order when purchasing your Forecastle passes or visit the tickets page to purchase direct.

All ages allowed into the Bourbon Lodge™ / Must be 21+ to consume alcohol

Membership & Pricing

  • Purchase a Bourbon Lodge™ Memberships in advance of the festival to gain entry for $30.00 + fees and receive 15 tickets.
  • Purchase a Bourbon Lodge™ Membership on-site at the festival to gain entry for $35.00 and receive 15 tickets.
  • Each ticket is worth $1.00 and will be used to purchase food and drink inside the Bourbon Lodge™.
  • Official members will also receive a commemorative 2019 Bourbon Lodge™ mug.
  • This mug will allow official members to re-enter the Bourbon Lodge™ at any time, with or without drink tickets on hand.
  • Dive deep into the mind of Hunter S. Thompson at the Lizard Lounge – an exclusive, decadent and depraved, spirit experience reserved for Bourbon Lodge™ members only.

NEW TO 2019:

  • Redeem your Bourbon Lodge™ Membership starting Thursday prior to the festival at the Louisville Visitor Center downtown.
  • Pick up a Forecastle Urban Bourbon Trail Passport and enjoy exclusive offerings, discounts, and more at select Urban Bourbon Trail locations.


  • Rarities Bar

    • The Forecastle Bourbon Lodge™, Forecastle Festival’s acclaimed Kentucky Bourbon Trail® outpost, will give bourbon fans exclusive access to some rare sips this year. The Rarities Bar, presented by Liquor Barn and curated by category director Brad Williams, will feature some of the most sought-after, limited release Kentucky Bourbon expressions, many of which are exclusive to Forecastle.

      In addition, the Rarities Bar will debut unique, one-of-a-kind blends, crafted by Williams and Forecastle Founder JK McKnight, available for sample only at Forecastle and purchase at select Liquor Barn locations.

  • 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 projects. Forecastle attendees can purchase the single-barrel private selections by the drink in the Bourbon Lodge™ or by the bottle at select Liquor Barn locations.

  • Lizard Lounge

    • Dive deep into the mind of Hunter S. Thompson at the Lizard Lounge – an exclusive, decadent and depraved, spirit experience reserved for Bourbon Lodge™ members only.

Other Amenities

  • 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.

  • Forecastle carefully pairs great food with great bourbon, cooked up hot and fresh on the outdoor patio of the Bourbon Lodge™.

  • Select brands will be crafting signature cocktails exclusively available at their dedicated bars in the Bourbon Lodge™. More details coming soon!

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

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