From workshops on tasting and making bourbon to culinary options to pair the drinks with southern plates, the biggest stages at Bourbon & Beyond belong to the music.
The 2019 edition of the festival in Louisville, running from Friday through Sunday, moves to a new venue, on the southern corner of the Kentucky Expo Center, and that means changes.
Some things remain the same, as there is no re-entry and no large purses or bags are allowed.
It’s going to be hot, so take advantage of the rule allowing one factory-sealed, 20-ounce bottle of water inside. Find everything else you need to know about what is and is not allowed inside here.
Parking at the Fairgrounds costs $20 daily. There is no overnight parking.
Those using rideshare or a taxi need to use Gate 6, at 3328 Preston Highway.
Find everything else you need about getting there here.
As far as the bands and the schedule for Bourbon & Beyond, that info can be found here.
Friday acts include ’90s rockers Live, modern jammers Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and classic-rock icon John Fogerty, cofounder of Creedence-Clearwater-Revival.
Saturday continues the theme of something old, something, new and something jammy, in the form of Phish frontman’s Trey Anastasio Band, playing near sundown ahead of classic-rock closers Darryl Hall & John Oates, and headliner Robert Plant, who returns after his 2018 set was scrapped by festival-closing flooding.
The folky + modern aspects of Bourbon & Beyond on Saturday will be provided by Ben Sollee, Grace Potter and Alison Krauss. Could there be a Krauss-Plant bluegrass crossover between sets? Keep an eye on Indianapolis on Friday night, as both are on the undercard for Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival.
Bourbon & Beyond has a history of booking either solo artists with well-established prior history in a Hall-of-Fame band, or artists whose names appear in their bands. That affinity continues as the 2019 festival will close with the Zac Brown Band and ZZ Top, celebrating their 20th anniversary.
Other performers include Little Steven, Leon Bridges, DustBowl Revival, Margo Price, Kurt Vile and the Violators, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Louisville’s White Reaper helps kick things off at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday.
Headliners among the celebrity chefs are Edward Lee (Friday), Graham Elliot (Saturday) and Ouita Michel (Sunday).
Tickets for Bourbon & Beyond are still available and are competitively priced if you’re willing to roll the dice on the resell market.