Bourbon has a problem. In the words of Roy Scheider, who played Brody in Jaws, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
Trying to cram Bourbon Heritage Month events, festivals, barrel picks, tasting, and launches inside of 31 days in September is simply not enough. Bourbon Heritage Month is going to need to be extended to at least two months; minimum.
With that said, Bourbon & Beyond, the world’s largest bourbon & music festival returns to Louisville, Kentucky. And not just for three days but four full days for 2022. The return of the festival promises to bring together world-class music with the best food & spirits that Kentucky’s bourbon country has to offer including lineup of classic rock, Americana, alt rock and bluegrass, plus bourbon workshops, culinary demos, and speakeasies. If you plan on going, you better start resting up now to be prepared.
Danny Wimmer Presents – DWP has announced the return of the one-of-a-kind destination festival what will take place at Louisville’s Highland Festival Grounds at Kentucky Exposition Center September 15-18, 2022.
The idea for Bourbon & Beyond was born five years ago as an event to bring an eclectic lineup of music all-stars (including acts such as Stevie Nicks, Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, Zac Brown Band, Daryl Hall & John Oates, John Fogerty, ZZ Top and Lenny Kravitz among others), alongside top-notch culinary demonstrations and the finest bourbon selections,as well as appearances from master distillers. The event established itself as the World’s Largest Bourbon & Music Festival, in 2019 bringing in a record attendance of 91,000 people.
“We are thrilled to welcome back one of the greatest music and food festivals, Bourbon & Beyond,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “As the home of Bourbonism, our city boasts 10 distillery experiences and the Urban Bourbon Experience, a city-wide trail filled with award-winning micro-distilleries, exhibits, and craft cocktail destinations. Pair that with the world-class entertainment at Bourbon & Beyond and you have the perfect recipe for an unforgettable long weekend in Louisville. Cheers to the teams at Danny Wimmer Presents, Kentucky Venues and Louisville Tourism for being great partners in our city’s growth and momentum and for pulling together, yet again, another incredible festival for this September.”
Danny Wimmer Presents founder Danny Wimmer added, “Bourbon & Beyond is a festival that is so much about, and defined by, the culture in Kentucky. We are so ecstatic to bring it back and so thankful for the great relationship DWP has with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Kentucky Venues, City of Louisville and Louisville Tourism, which has allowed Bourbon & Beyond to become such a source of pride for the community and bourbon industry. With Bourbon & Beyond and Louder Than Life both back, and bigger than ever, there’s no better place to be this September than Louisville.”
“Along with those around the country, we celebrate the return of major festivals such as Bourbon & Beyond to the Kentucky Exposition Center. The complete experience planned by Danny Wimmer Presents highlights Kentucky’s best-kept secrets: its entertainment, food, beverage and hospitality,” said David S. Beck, President & CEO of Kentucky Venues.
The festival’s return in 2022 will mark Bourbon & Beyond’s most impressive venture yet, expanding to four full days for the first time in the event’s history. The lineup promises to include a star-studded selection of the best classic rock, americana, alt rock and bluegrass with 50-plus bands on three stages, alongside hands-on bourbon workshops and tastings, culinary programming with celebrity chefs, and the return of fan favorites The Kroger Big Bourbon Bar, The Silver Dollar Hunter’s Club featuring rare bourbons, Tiki Barrel Bar, craft beer, speakeasies and more that will make it the most wide-ranging festival weekend of the year. The full music lineup and more details will be announced in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, fans can lock in early bird prices, with weekend General Admission and VIP passes (including premier tiers The Mint VIP Experience and Beyond VIP Top Shelf presented by Angel’s Envy) and camping on sale now for just $10 down.
In addition, fans can purchase the Exacta Pass, which includes general admission to both Bourbon & Beyond and Louder Than Life. Fans can enjoy all eight festival days for only $449, plus fees. The Exacta Pass will sell fast as it is only available in an extremely limited capacity.
We’ll update you as more details become available. For now, cheers to this in-person celebration of great music and fine bourbon.