Bourbon Heritage Month Rolls on with Bourbon & Beyond Festival – Full Lineup of Music, Bourbon Workshops and Culinary Demos

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Who gets top billing? It’s a tough call when looking at the 2018 Bourbon & Beyond Festival. This year’s lineup of music, spirits and culinary is first class across the board. Earlier this year, the festival producers, Danny Wimmer Presents announced a long-term 10 year commitment to this festival at Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky. If this year two lineup is any indication, this festival will be around for more than just one decade.

Since bourbon comes first in the name, we’ll start with the 2018 bourbon workshops paired with food and then the musical acts.

2018 Bourbon & Beyond Bourbon Workshops

Friday, September 21


If you are looking to get an early start, here you go. Attendees can spend the Friday before the festival taking their spirits knowledge to a whole new level. Through a partnership with the Stave & Thief Society, Bourbon & Beyond will offer a “Certified Bourbon Steward” workshop. The day-long workshop is held at Moonshine University, an artisan distillery and education center located in downtown Louisville and combines classroom instruction with hands-on bourbon distilling. Instruction includes an analysis of the individual components of the distillate from a production perspective, as well as an examination of history and bourbon’s relationship to other whiskeys.

Saturday, September 22


Time Location Event Presenters
11:30am to 12:00pm Bourbon+ Workshop Tent Family Affair: The Russells Jimmy/Eddie & Bruce Russell – Wild Turkey Distillery.
11:30am to 11:50am The Mash Stage The Legends & Lore of American Whiskey Fred Minnick – Author/Host / Bernie Lubbers – Heaven Hill Distillery / Freddie Johnson – Buffalo Trace Distillery / Chuck Cowdery – Author
12:10pm to 12:30pm The Mash Stage Bourbon Mixology: Slushie Time Doug Kragel & Susie Hoyt
12:20pm to 12:50pm Bourbon+ Workshop Tent The Art of Mingling & Blending Joe Beatrice & John Little
12:50pm to 1:20pm The Mash Stage Bourbon Mixology: Higher Proof Beth Burrows – Jim Beam Distillery & Molly Wellmann – Author/Bar Owner
1:10pm to 1:35pm Bourbon+ Workshop Tent Value Bourbon Denny Potter – Heaven Hill Distillery / Beth Burrows – Jim Beam Distillery / Josh Hollifield
1:55pm to 2:40pm Bourbon+ Workshop Tent Jack & Jim: What's The Difference Jeff Arnett – Jack Daniel Distillery & Fred Noe – Jim Beam Distillery
2:00pm to 2:30pm The Mash Stage Beef & Bourbon Jose Salazar, Kevin Ashworth, Stacie Stewart, Peggy Noe Stevens
3:00pm to 3:30pm Bourbon+ Workshop Tent Rare Whiskey Larry Rice / Drew Kulsveen – Willett Distillery & Jane Bowie – Maker's Mark Distillery
3:30pm to 4:00pm The Mash Stage What is Authenticity Anyway? Edward Lee – Restaurantor/Host & Aaron Sanchez
3:50pm to 4:20pm Bourbon+ Workshop Tent Change: The Cultural Evolution in Food & Drink Fawn Weaver – Nearest Green Distillery & Tom Colicchio
4:40pm to 5:10pm Bourbon+ Workshop Tent Up The Barrel Chris Morris – Woodford Reserve Distillery & Colleen Thomas – Kentucky Distillers' Association
5:00pm to 5:30pm The Mash Stage Oil & Water: The Chemistry Of Good Food & Drink Tom Colicchio & Fred Minnick to Author/Host
5:30pm to 5:50pm Bourbon+ Workshop Tent Cool Malts Kaveh Zamanian – Rabbit Hole Distillery / Tripp Stimson – Barrell Craft Spirits / Paul Tomaszewski – MB Roland Distillery
6:00pm to 6:30pm Bourbon+ Workshop Tent The Audacity of Sourced Whiskey John Foster / Josh Quinn – Boone County Distilling / Marianne Eaves – Castle & Key Distillery
6:30pm to 7:00pm The Mash Stage Bird & Bourbon Alex Thomopolous, Anthony Lamas – Chef, David Danielson, Tim Laird – Chief Entertainment Officer and Steve Coomes – Author

Sunday, September 23


Time Location Event Presenters
11:30am to 12:00pm Bourbon+ Workshop Tent Barrel Finishes Wes Henderson – Angel's Envy Distillery / Elizabeth McCall – Woodford Reserve Distillery / Trey Zoeller – Jefferson's Bourbon / John Hargrove – Bardstown Bourbon Company
11:30am to 11:50am The Mash Stage A Look Back at the 1990s Chuck Cowdery – Author / Trey Zoeller – Jefferson's Bourbon / Susan Reigler – Author
12:10pm to 12:30pm The Mash Stage Local Grain, Big Fame Ray Garcia Jeptha Creed Distillery Maker’s Mark Distillery"
12:20pm to 12:50pm Bourbon+ Workshop Tent Beer & Bourbon Jack Colt / Gary Valentine / Jane Bowie – Maker's Mark Distillery / Marianne Eaves – Castle & Key Distillery / Pat Heist – Wilderness Trail Distillery
12:50pm to 1:20pm The Mash Stage Bourbon Mixology: How to Get Sour Death & Co., Jeremy Johnson, Meta Louisville
1:10pm to 1:40pm Bourbon+ Workshop Tent Executive Round Table Joseph Magliocco – Michter's Distillery / Kaveh Zamanian – Rabbit Hole Distillery / Campbell Brown – Old Forester Distillery / John Little – Smooth Ambler / Jay Erisman – New Riff Distilling / Corky Taylor – Kentucky Peerless Distilling
2:00pm to 2:30pm Bourbon+ Workshop Tent My Daddy Was A Moonshiner Thomas Wade Daniels
2:00pm to 2:30pm The Mash Stage How Soy Sauce Conquered the World Edward Lee – Chef, Erik Bruner Yang & Matt Jamie
2:50pm to 3:20pm Bourbon+ Workshop Tent Let Us Entertain You Sara Barnes – Boone County Distilling / Peggy Noe Stevens – Author
3:30pm to 4:00pm The Mash Stage Gather & Graze Stephanie Izard, Ryan Rogers, Andrew McCabe, Patrick Hallahan, Bobby Valentine
3:40pm to 4:30pm Bourbon+ Workshop Tent We Don't Need No Stinkin' Master Distiller Kaveh Zamanian – Rabbit Hole Distillery / Jim Rutledge – J.W. Rutledge Distillery
4:30pm to 5:00pm Bourbon+ Workshop Tent Why Rye Harlen Wheatley – Buffalo Trace Distillery / Kyle Henderson – Angel's Envy Distillery / Caleb Kilburn – Kentucky Peerless Distilling / Denny Potter – Heaven Hill Distillery
5:00pm to 5:30pm The Mash Stage Modern Traditions Ray Garcia, Damaris Phillips, Don Felder
5:20pm to 5:50pm Bourbon+ Workshop Tent Family Affair: Van Winkles & Kulsveens Julian / Preston / Carrie Van Winkle; Britt & Drew Kulsveen – Willett Distillery
6:00pm to 6:30pm Bourbon+ Workshop Tent Bottled in Bond Jay Erisman – New Riff Distilling / Bernie Lubbers – Heaven Hill Distillery
6:30pm to 7:00pm The Mash Stage The Flavor Of Bluegrass Ahktar Nawab, Annie Pettry, Del McCoury

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2018 Bourbon & Beyond Music Schedule

Saturday, September 22


Time Location Musical Talent
12:35 pm Barrel Stage Swimming With Bears
12:45 pm Bluegrass Situation Stage Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
1:10 pm Oak Stage Larkin Poe
1:45 pm Barrel Stage Mindi Abair And The Boneshakers
1:45 pm Bluegrass Situation Stage Lindsay Lou
2:20 pm Oak Stage Joseph
2:55 pm Barrel Stage JJ Grey & Mofro
3:00 pm Bluegrass Situation Stage Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers
3:45 pm Oak Stage Keb’ Mo’
4:15 pm Bluegrass Situation Stage Billy Strings
4:50 pm Barrel Stage Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot!
5:55 pm Oak Stage Sheryl Crow
6:00 pm Bluegrass Situation Stage Reignwolf
7:00 pm Barrel Stage David Byrne
8:05 pm Oak Stage Lenny Kravitz
9:30 pm Barrel Stage John Mayer

Sunday, September 23


Time Location Musical Talent
11:50 am Oak Stage The Last Bandoleros
12:25 pm Barrel Stage The Magpie Salute
1:00 pm Oak Stage Del McCoury Band
1:00 pm Bluegrass Situation Stage Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
1:35 pm Barrel Stage The Record Company
2:00 pm Bluegrass Situation Stage Ben Sollee
2:20 pm Oak Stage Don Felder
3:05 pm Barrel Stage Benjamin Booker
3:15 pm Bluegrass Situation Stage River Whyless
3:50 pm Oak Stage Blackberry Smoke
4:30 pm Bluegrass Situation Stage Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear
4:45 pm Barrel Stage Kaleo
5:40 pm Oak Stage Gov’t Mule
6:00 pm Bluegrass Situation Stage The Travelin’ McCourys
6:45 pm Barrel Stage Counting Crows
7:50 pm Oak Stage Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters
9:10 pm Barrel Stage Sting

Needless to say, there is a lot happening across multiple stages. To help you with your planning, the festival has its own app this year that you can find in the App Store here or on Google Play here.

The countdown to the gates opening is on. Cheers to Bourbon & Beyond year number two!

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