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FORECASTLE FESTIVAL 2017 BOURBON AND BANDS

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Forecastle Festival is a weekend jam packed with live music, generous food offerings and irresistible selfie stops but for self proclaimed “Bourbon Nerds”, the festival is a liquor-infused magical play place. Upon entering Forecastle’s Bourbon Lodge for the first time, we were immediately greeted with incredible decor, nice bathrooms, smiling bartenders, and an entire Kentucky/Tennessee Bourbon trail all in one air conditioned room. Originally planning to focus our energy on musical festivities the three-day fest has to offer, we found ourselves returning to the Bourbon Lodge over and over again.

Our favorite feature of the Bourbon Lodge experience was no doubt the Fireside Chats, hosted by Wall Street Journal-Best Selling Author Fred Minnick. The chats featured panel-like discussions and demonstrations from bourbon celebrities in which audiences could learn about cooking with bourbon, the difference between bourbon and whiskey, bourbon family heritage, and more.

-I did sneak out of the Bourbon Lodge (when Fred wasn’t looking) to catch some of the unbelievable acts performing on the 5 stages at Forecastle-

Having attended many Fireside Chats and purchasing a book (written and autographed by Fred himself), I feel unofficially qualified to drop some bourbon knowledge. Whether you braved the heat to experience Forecastle yourself or you’ve been patiently waiting in the comfort of your home for the recap, we’ve got a special treat for you. Behold – Bourbon and Bands; the perfect pairing of what you should be drinking and what you should be listening to (Forecastle Fest edition, duh).

P.S. Not a bourbon drinker? There’s a little something at the end for you 🙂

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Four Roses Small Batch

  • Balanced
  • Mellow
  • Pleasant

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Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond

  • Vibrant
  • Big & Bold
  • Mature

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Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whisky

  • Subtle
  • Easy
  • Approachable

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Larceny 1870

  • Gently Sweet
  • Savory
  • Bright
  • Smooth

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Jim Beam Apple

  • Experimental
  • Crisp
  • Refreshing
  • Different

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Mitcher’s US*1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon

  • Nuanced
  • Earthy
  • Deep

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Cooper’s Craft Kentucky Straight Burbon Whiskey

  • Distinctive
  • Toasted
  • “Light dusting of spice”

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Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old

  • Select
  • Special Expression
  • Oaky

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Russell’s Reserve 6 Year Old Rye

  • Unique
  • Lively
  • Artistic

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Not a Bourbon fan? We found vodka!

Tito’s Vodka

  • Transparent
  • All-American
  • Straight Forward

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Be sure to mark your calendars for July 13-15, 2018 to experience Forecastle Festival for yourself. Check out our Spotify playlists below to enjoy our favorite Forecastle Bands all in one place! Cheers!

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