It was a hot and sunny September weekend in Louisville as an unprecedented combination of legendary rock and blues performers and amazing bourbon experiences came together for an unforgettable event called Bourbon & Beyond.

The Bourbon Brotherhood partnered with Bourbon & Beyond to bring our members discounts of up to 30%.  As I strolled the grounds, I came upon countless bars at the festival, including Matthew Landan’s Haymarket Hunter’s Club which offered rare vintage whiskeys, and the secret Rabbit Hole speakeasy featuring magical cocktails crafted with smoke and dry ice.

An abundance of bourbon celebrities were on hand including Julian Van Winkle III, Harlen Wheatley, Wes Henderson, Marianne Barnes, Fred Minnick and Trey Zoeller.  Many of these participated in a variety of free tastings, workshops and presentations.

The musical performances were non-stop.  Some of my favorites at the festival were the Steve Miller Band, Eddie Vedder, Stevie Nicks, Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr., Jonny Lang, Paul Rodgers and ZZ Ward.

For a first-year festival, it was incredibly well orchestrated.  I can’t wait to see what they come up with next year!

Bruce Corwin

I hope you enjoy the photos below, courtesy of Yono Photographer and Bruce Corwin, along with an interview we did with Rabbit Hole prior to the festival.