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September Is For Celebrating Bourbon In Kentucky

By Author: Brian McMahon
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The 2017 Bourbon Festival took place from September 11th - 17th in Bardstown, Kentucky, which has become known as the “bourbon capital of the world.” The festival is oriented towards bourbon lovers, vendors, and ambassadors. The Bourbon Festival predominantly focuses on one core group of distilleries comprised of Barton 1792 Distillery, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Four Roses Distillery, Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc., Beam, Maker’s Mark Distillery, Rebel Yell, Wild Turkey Distillery, Woodford Reserve Distillery, Independent Stave Company, and Kentucky Distillers Association. The festival also totes a Hall of Fame, though the inductees for the 2017 Bourbon Festival have not been publically listed.

A myriad of events were held at the Bourbon Festival 2017 throughout the week, including the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History, the Whiskey City Cruisers Vehicle Show, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival Golf Tournament, and The Ancient Craft of Barrel Making. Aside from the plethora of alcohol-related festivities Bourbon Festival goers can enjoy, there are numerous live musical performances that take place during the festival as well as part of the “Music on the Lawn” tradition. The concert series works to incorporate artists from national, regional, and local markets. The artists who performed in the “Music on the Lawn” series during the 2017 Bourbon Festival were the Jonathan Plevyak Band, Tayler Lynch and The Insane Outlaws, the Scotty Morton Band, Kaleb Cecil, Terra Bella, Carly Moffa, The Josephines, Casey Clark, Van Winkle and the Spirits, Sunday Best, the Bourbon Barrel Boys, Laurie Jones and the 45s, and Mississippi Mile.

However, Bardstown isn’t home to Kentucky’s only bourbon festival. Also taking place in September, the Bourbon & Beyond Festival in Louisville offers a healthy dose of live music as well. In fact, the lineup for the Bourbon & Beyond Festival 2017 included absolute rock legends such as Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder, Buddy Guy, and the Steve Miller Band. Vedder, Nicks, and The Steve Miller Band were the designated festival headliners. Other artists included in Bourbon & Beyond’s 2017 lineup of musical guests were Band of Horses, Gary Clark Jr., Joe Bonamassa, Paul Rodgers, and Amos Lee. When festival goers aren’t busy enjoying the live music, the Bourbon & Beyond Festival hosts a variety of events that wake place over the course of its two-day span. Among these events are various workshops, a gospel brunch, “Experience Louisville,” FYE, and more.

Drinking and munchies go hand in hand, so the Bourbon & Beyond Festival brings in a variety of food options from restaurants such as Gospel Bird, The Manhattan Project, Cellar Door Chocolates, and Island Noodles to successfully soak up all the bourbon.

The 2017 Bourbon & Beyond Festival allowed attendees to layer their experience by not just offering plentiful amounts of the titular beverage, but bringing in the individuals behind it. The Bourbon & Beyond Festival hosted a wide variety of distillers, blenders, specialists, and authors (of bourbon-related literature, of course) this year, thus allowing bourbon lovers to learn more about the beloved liquor straight from the individuals who make it.

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