Forecastle Bourbon Lodge Offers Educational Panels, Demonstrations with Bourbon Industry Experts

Fireside Chats Curated by The Wall Street Journal best-selling author Fred Minnick

The Forecastle Bourbon Lodge®, Forecastle Festival’s acclaimed Kentucky Bourbon Trail® outpost, will give fans hailing from all over the country access to in-depth educational panels, speakers and demonstrations with industry icons and experts. The Fireside Chats, presented by Liquor Barn and curated by The Wall Street Journal best-selling author Fred Minnick, offers an intimate, living room setting for fans wanting to engage with the industry’s best and brightest leaders, manufactures, retailers, master distillers, and more.

“I believe in bourbon education, and our Fireside Chats capture the essence of American whiskey history and the craftsmanship behind bourbon,” said Fred Minnick. “But really, most people only care about the whiskey, and the Forecastle Rarities Bar knocks it out of the park. You’ll find exclusive whiskeys here and I’ll explain why this whiskey is the rarest stuff on earth.”

Releases from the Forecastle Rarities Bar will coincide with each panel. The schedule of releases will be forthcoming. The full breakdown of the Bourbon Lodge Fireside Chats presented by Liquor Barn can be found below. Forecastle General Admission, General Admission Plus and VIP weekend passes and daily tickets, as well as Bourbon Lodge memberships are available at


3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The New Age of Bourbon:
Join best-selling author and Fireside Chat curator Fred Minnick as he covers new grains, fermentation techniques, emerging technology and aging methods that are leading to a new Age of Bourbon.

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Romancing the Wood: Join Forecastle Founder JK McKnight, Maker’s Mark’s Jane Conner, and Liquor Barn Category Director Brad Williams as they walk through how to create highly-personalized bourbon expressions, with a spotlight on Liquor Barn’s pioneering, single-barrel selections and Maker’s Mark’s innovative blending program.

5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Let’s Talk Yeast:
Join author Fred Minnick as he interviews Four Roses Master Distiller Brent Elliott about the importance of yeast and the brand’s award-winning Limited Edition lineup.


2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
From Barrel to Bottle:
A discussion and interactive session with Whiskey Brand Ambassador Cat Platz and the Brown-Forman Cooperage team. Join Cat and her guests for a discussion around the art of barrel raising, the impact a barrel has on the final whiskey product from bourbon to scotch, and the intricacies of the secondary barrel market. Enjoy a barrel raising demonstration and then join the team on stage to put your skills to the test and raise a barrel yourself.

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Bourbon Family Icons:
Q&A with Wild Tukey’s Bruce Russell, Jim Beam’s Fred Noe and other iconic bourbon family members. Moderated by author Fred Minnick.

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
50 Years of Four Roses:
Join Four Roses Hall of Famer Al Young and Master Distiller Brett Elliott as they discuss their time at Four Roses. Panel will conclude with the release of unique rarities and selections, including Al Young’s 50th Anniversary and Four Roses Elliott’s Select 2016 Limited Edition Single Barrel.

7:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Cooking with Bourbon:
Join Bourbon Bistro owner and food and bourbon expert head chef Jason Brauner on a culinary excursion featuring Kentucky bourbon as the appetizer and main course!


2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Bourbon vs. Whiskey:
 Liquor Barn Category Director Brad Williams leads a symposium of industry A-listers and brand ambassadors discussing the intricacies, subtleties, distinctions and differences between bourbon and whisky.

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Fred & Bernie Bond!:
The Story of Bottled in Bond. Complete history told in an entertaining, comedic fashion with author Fred Minnick and Bourbon Professor and Heaven Hill brand ambassador Bernie Lubbers.

5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Bourbon Trivia:
Think you know your brown water? Put your bourbon IQ to the test with author Fred Minnick and a hand-selected panel of industry all-stars, including Beth Burrows of Jim Beam, Andrea Wilson of Michter’s, Bernie Lubbers of Heaven Hill, and many more.

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