Bourbon and Beyond Music Festival- Louisville, Kentucky

This past weekend was Bourbon and Beyond- a three-day music extravaganza filled with bluegrass. rock, and country music along with a lot of Kentucky bourbon. Is there a better combination than bourbon and music? Louisville, Kentucky provided a great backdrop for all the fun.

Bluegrass buddies- Bourbon and Beyond Louisville

Bourbon and Beyond Louisville Bluegrass buddies

(photo by Lauren)

My college friend, her friend, BC and myself met in Louisville from all different places in the USA. I was in Iowa for my class reunion prior to the festival, BC in Baltimore, and Kelsey and Lauren in Chicago.

ZZ Top playing my favorite-  “Legs”

Bourbon and Beyond Louisville ZZ Top

Downtown Louisville- pink penguins on the roof:


We were able to do a little sightseeing in Louisville before the festival began. Michter’s Distillery was a great stop! The drinks were amazing- coffee, bourbon, mezcal cream for BC and a Manhattan for me!

Michters drinks

Lauren and Kelsey got the VIP treatment we got from being friendly at the festival included a bottle signed and dated. Coolest souvenir ever! Their hurricane drink at Bourbon and Beyond was the best and most refreshing in the heat. There were so many distillers at the festival, all with tastings and cocktails available for purchase.

Michters bottle

It was hot, hot, hot at Bourbon and Beyond all three days. On Friday we were there for about 12 hours without chairs, air-conditioning, and without much water (the lines to refill bottles was huge!). I was so worn down until a cold Diet Coke and some tacos at a picnic table revived my spirit around 6pm.

Bourbon and Beyond Louisville lights

I don’t even really drink cider but Angry Orchard had a shady spot and it was refreshing.

Angry Orchard

Saturday we wised up, bought some cheap chairs to sit in, and didn’t go to the festival when it first opened. We did have a few cocktails throughout the day including this amazing refreshing spritzer from Knob Creek.

Knob Creek

Happy BC!

BC Bourbon

We also found some fans inside one of the very few shaded spots overlooking the Bluegrass Music stage. I love bluegrass music but there was absolutely no shade so it was a bummer we didn’t get to see more of it.

Fan Bluegrass

Before the festival each day we did get out an explore a bit. The Louisville Slugger Museum, Muhammad Ali Museum, distilleries and Churchill Downs were on our to-do list.  BC and I went to Churchill Downs on Sunday and visited the track and Kentucky Derby Museum which is pretty cool. Adults are $15 and I thought it was money well spent.


We brunched a few times. I needed some vegetables after all the delicious but unhealthy festival food. And of course a bourbon cocktail to go with it.


My two favorite moments from the festival were the Foo Fighters show on Friday night and Kelly Kapowski. The Foo Fighters show was amazing and covered David Bowie and Queen as well as playing all my Foo Fighters’  favorites. It was the really hot, long day but it was worth it to persevere against the elements to stay and listen.

Foo Fighters

The other cool thing was seeing Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (aka Kelly Kapowski) doing a cooking demo at the festival. Growing up with Saved by the Bell, it brought about some nostalgia to see her in person.

Kelly Kapowski

My favorite shows were Foo Fighters, John Fogerty, Leon Bridges, Grace Potter, and Nate Rateliff- all so very good!

Bourbon and Beyond Louisville was an amazing weekend with friends filled with great music and fun times. Hopefully this festival keeps going, although I’ll be hoping for some cooler temperatures next time!

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