Gallery: Despite mud and mess, Bourbon & Beyond still rocked on Saturday
The second annual Bourbon & Beyond was held Saturday, Sept. 22. The second day was rained out. | Photo by Sara Havens
By Sara Havens & Jonathan Meador
Despite a nonstop soak from the cold Kentucky rain and the squishy, slippery mud pools that eventually took over Champions Park by the time the sun went down, the first day of the second annual Bourbon & Beyond went off without a hitch.
Unfortunately, city officials were forced to close the park due to the unsafe conditions following the day of rain, meaning organizers had to cancel the second day.
But Insider managed to get some great shots of all the festivities — the bourbon, the music, the people — we were able to crash on Saturday.
We encountered thousands of smiling faces, despite the conditions, and people who were generally excited to learn more about the brown spirit that drew them to Louisville on the first day of fall.
There were lines for each Bourbon+ and Mash Stage workshop, lines for local restaurants, lines for the bourbon and hundreds lined up in front of both stages to hear from the day’s top performers, including Sheryl Crow, David Byrne, Lenny Kravitz and John Mayer.
Here’s a slew of images from the fun but very wet Bourbon & Beyond:
Despite the nonstop rain, people remained upbeat. | Photo by Sara Havens
The “Rare Whiskey” session included Bourbon Pursuit’s Kenny Coleman, Maker’s Mark’s Jane Bowie, Silver Dollar/Pearl’s Larry Rice and Willett’s Drew Kulsveen. | Photo by Sara Havens
All of the day’s bourbon workshops were at capacity. | Photo by Sara Havens
The “Change: The Cultural Evolution in Food & Drink” featured author Fred Minnick, Uncle Nearest founder Fawn Weaver and Tom Colicchio of “Top Chef.” | Photo by Sara Havens
Weaver and Colicchio both agreed that restaurants, bars and the distilling industry should include more diversity. | Photo by Sara Havens
We found a party inside the Bottle & Bond Kitchen & Bar tent. | Photo by Sara Havens
We discovered and sampled some future collaborations between Bardstown Bourbon Co. and Copper & King. | Photo by Sara Havens
While most of the smoke was special effects, there was some serious grilling going on in the Char House. | Photo by Jonathan Meador
This mother-daughter pair traveled from Elizabethtown sporting the best galoshes of the rained-out festival. | Photo by Jonathan Meador
Festival-goer Michael Sherrow shows off his unique style. The 44-year-old Harrodsburg, Ky., resident rocks the paddy hat and Charlie Brown combo well, don’t you think? | Photo by Jonathan Meador
The Mash Stage was a constant hotbed of food and revelry throughout Saturday. | Photo by Jonathan Meador
WARNING: Humans standing next to giant bourbon barrel may be smaller than they appear. | Photo by Jonathan Meador
A drenched onlooker takes in the sounds from the Oak Stage Saturday afternoon. | Photo by Jonathan Meador
A craftsmen with Louisville’s Vendome Copper & Brass Works demonstrates the tools of the still-making trade. | Photo by Jonathan Meador
The “animal party” from upstate New York strike their best barnyard poses. | Photo by Jonathan Meador
Fred Noe, left, laughs at the story of a man who hordes bourbon because it’ll be worth more after the apocalypse than cash. | Photo by Jonathan Meador
A “Food Roadie” plys the audience with Willett-infused Lagunitas Coffee Stouts. (Spoiler: It totally worked.) | Photo by Jonathan Meador
From left: Masterchef Aaron Sanchez, Louisville food wizard Ed Lee, and L.A.-based mixologist Casey Hearts entertain a rain-soaked Mash Stage audience with banter, bites and bourbon cocktails. | Photo by Jonathan Meador
Mash Stage audience members pass around a bottle of Willet courtesy of Louisville chef Ed Lee. | Photo by Jonathan Meador
Lenny Kravitz played to an eager crowd. | Photo by Sara Havens
By Staff|2019-12-30T11:53:03-05:00September 24th, 2018|