LOUISVILLE, KY (CelebrityAccess) — Bourbon & Beyond, which bills itself as the world’s largest bourbon festival, announced its musical lineup for the 2018 return of the event.
The Bluegrass Situation’s bluegrass stage will feature Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers and Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, as well as The Travelin’ McCourys, Billy Strings, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Ben Sollee, River Whyless, and Lindsay Lou.
The festival is set for Sept. 22 and 23 at Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky with pre-show events in downtown Louisville Sept. 21.
In addition to music, a surfeit of bourbon (the brownest of the brown liquors) and distillers will be on hand, including Blanton’s, Booker’s, Boone County, Bowman Brothers, Buffalo Trace, Bulleit, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Elijah Craig, Elmer T. Lee, Evan Williams, Hartfield & Co., Jim Beam, Jim Beam Black, Kentucky Owl, Maker’s 46, Maker’s Mark, MB Roland, Old Pogue Distillery, Pappy Van Winkle, Rock Hill Farms, W.L. Weller, Wadelyn Ranch Distilling, Wilderness Trail Distillery and Willett.
If that’s not enough, the Big Bourbon Bar which for 2018 will be presented by Louisville Courier-Journal, will feature spirits from 1792, Angel’s Envy, Barrell Bourbon, Basil Hayden’s, Bloody Butcher’s Creed, Contradiction, Cooper’s Craft, Four Roses, Jefferson’s, Knob Creek, Larceny, Michter’s, New Riff Bourbon, Old Forester, Peerless, Rabbit Hole, Rebel Yell, Wild Turkey, and Woodford Reserve. All distilleries were selected by bourbon curator Fred Minnick.
The pre-festival event will take place at Muhammad Ali Center and include a meal cooked by noted chefs Tom Colicchio and Edward Lee. Guests will participate in a cocktail reception with appetizers, an guided tour of the Ali Museum, a four-course dinner including cocktail and wine pairings, and a special-edition Glencairn tasting glass.