The world’s largest bourbon and music festival returns to Louisville with a blockbusting line-up featuring several rock icons, and Kentucky’s finest mash and celebrity chefs.
Festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents has pulled out all stops to curate a truly one-of-a-kind weekend and to fit it all in, a full fourth day has been added to the annual multi-day event.
This year’s festival will be held Sept. 15-18 at the Highland Festival Grounds, 937 Phillips Lane, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
This year’s lineup boasts headliners like Jack White, Alanis Morissette, Pearl Jam. The packed four-day Kentucky event will also feature Chris Stapleton, Kings of Leon, Brandi Carlile, and the Doobie Brothers.
Check out the full lineup announcement here
Having welcomed 91,000 fans in 2019, Bourbon & Beyond has become the premier destination event of the fall, combining incredible nonstop music with the best food and spirits Kentucky has to offer – with even Forbes exclaiming, “It’s the inclusion of great food and unique bourbon experiences that set Louisville’s Bourbon & Beyond apart from a crowded American destination scene.”
In 2022, Bourbon & Beyond will also host The Louisville Cocktail Competition: A search for the perfect cocktail infused with Kentucky Bourbon to represent the city of Louisville will begin soon. Be a part of history in the making and witness the final round of the competition at Bourbon & Beyond to declare the winning recipe for the soon-to-be infamous “The Louisville”cocktail served at bars across the globe.
The World’s Largest Bourbon & Music Festival also offers unique bourbon and culinary experiences featuring demos and tastings from the master distillers and celebrity chefs live and in-person. The special lineup of experiences includes:
The Kroger Big Bourbon Bar: No time to explore the bourbon trail? It’s coming straight to Bourbon & Beyond, where you can enjoy a sip of Kentucky’s finest. Bourbon expert Chris Blandford has expertly curated an extensive lineup of bourbons and designed specialty cocktails for fans, friends and family. Choose from a wide selection of spirit-forward and refreshing cocktails served up on demand by hometown mixologists. Participating bourbons and whiskeys include Angel’s Envy, Bardstown Bourbon, Basil Hayden’s, Boone’s Bourbon, Brother’s Bond Bourbon, Bulleit Bourbon, Coopers’ Craft, Elijah Craig, Four Roses, Huber’s Starlight Distillery, Jack Daniel’s, Jefferson’s, Kentucky Peerless, Larceny, Legent, Maker’s 46, Michter’s, Middle West, Old Forester, Rabbit Hole, Resilient Bourbon, Stonehammer, Uncle Nearest, Wilderness Trail, Woodford Reserve and more to be announced. There is so much more than bourbon in The Kroger Big Bourbon Bar! Slide, Swing, or Two-Step on into the Kroger Big Bourbon Bar for a little dancing on the B.B. Flats! Take in some of the best bluegrass bands, then between sets, grab a partner and take a lesson or just dance your heart out while the B.B. Flats house DJ plays all the best tunes.
Kentucky Distillers’ Association Craft Bourbon Bar: The Kentucky Distillers’ Association has hand-picked craft distilleries to feature at Bourbon & Beyond. Participating distilleries include The Bard Distillery, New Riff Distillery, Bluegrass Distillers, Log Still Distillery and Boundary Oak Distillery.
Kroger Chris Picks MiniBar: Chris Blandford – the Adult Beverage Field Specialist for Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Southern Illinois regions of Kroger (the largest liquor retailer that you never knew about) – and Danny Wimmer have taste-tested and hand-selected one-of-a-kind barrels to exclusively feature at the Chris Picks MiniBar all weekend long!
Jim Beam Tiki Barrel Bar: Say “aloha” to the day when you stop by the Jim Beam Tiki Barrel Bar. With bourbon and rum-based specialty island cocktails, shade and seating areas, the Jim Beam Tiki Barrel Bar is sure to be the oasis you need to make your festival vacation complete.
Craft Beer Bar: OG craft seekers can try a wide variety of beer styles accommodating a range of palates. The Craft Beer Bar will be showcasing a variety of brews from in and outside the great state of Kentucky.
The Bourbon Experience: Get up close and personal with bourbon experts, celebrities and your favorite distillers while discovering the heritage, exploring the traditions and raising a glass to the fine Art of Bourbon. Our carefully curated Bourbon Experience we will feature panel discussions, hands-on workshops and product demos that will fill your cup and keep you coming back for more.
The Silver Dollar Hunter’s Club: The Silver Dollar Hunter’s Club is the ideal on-site destination for every bourbon aficionado. Rare, vintage and experimental expressions will be available for those who are looking for something more. Wander in, take a seat and indulge in some liquid history. Our impressive bourbon collection features pioneers including but not limited to Blanton’s, Booker’s, Bourbon Royal, Chapin & Gore, Eagle Rare, George T. Stagg, Hill and Hill, Kentucky Owl, Old Grand-Dad, Old Weller Antique and a special taste of our very own Pappyland that you’d be remiss to pass by.
Speakeasy: Expect the unexpected and escape from the crowds when you step into this drinking den that’s serious about cocktails. Tell any of the down-home bartenders what kind of flavors you fancy and they’ll make you a custom creation unlike any other. While there are the classics of course, don’t pass by a long list of spirits or seasonal house cocktails that change by the day without missing a beat.
The Highland Grounds Wine Garden: Sip into the sunset, enjoy watercolor skies and ease into the night at the Highland Grounds Wine Garden. Whether you’re bold and sturdy, or fruity and nutty, all of these locally-sourced, premier and premium wines will let you decant your senses as you cheers through the weekend.
Blackened Bar, The Whiskey Bar: The Blackened Whiskey Bar pop-up is a DWP must-do. The festival’s partners at Blackened Whiskey have handcrafted a super-premium American whiskey blend, fueled by decades of creative passion. Led by the late Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, and the almighty Metallica, Blackened is now overseen by Master Distiller & Blender Rob Dietrich, with all sourcing and blending still carefully crafted to ensure the taste of Dave’s original recipe. Enjoy Black Noise, the proprietary sonic-enhancement process that shaped the aroma and built the flavor profile of this whiskey while it aged. Electrify your taste buds at this exclusive DWP experience.
Culinary Ateliers: Bourbon & Beyond will offer a weekend of amazing culinary experiences including intoxicating celebrity and Kentucky chef demos along with great eats from local restaurants plus a few surprises along the way.
As well, attendees at Bourbon & Beyond can enjoy a variety of on-site food and beverage offerings that celebrate menus and flavors inspired by Kentucky’s explosion in the culinary world. Selections from local and regional restaurants are specially curated by Southern Hospitality Concessions LLC.
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