Boone County DistillingBack Porch
At this back porch, let Boone County Distilling retell history with every sip of bourbon. You’ll find this open-air bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a selection of Boone County bourbons and craft cocktails. #MadeByGhosts
Craft Beer Bar
Get crafty and try a wide variety of beer styles accommodating a range of palates! The Craft Beer Bar will be showcasing a variety of regional and local brews.
Bourbon Curator and Author
With appearances on Top Chef and the Amazon Prime host of Bourbon Up, Wall Street Journal-bestselling author Fred Minnick loves his American whiskey, rum and other spirits. He is the editor-in-chief of Bourbon+ Magazine, actively reviews whiskey for Forbes, and is the former lead American whiskey critic for Whisky Advocate. Minnick is the author of seven books, including Whiskey Women, Rum Curious, Bourbon Curious, MEAD, and Bourbon: The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of An American Whiskey, which won the Spirited Award for Best Spirits Book. He has written about spirits for the New York Times, Scientific American, Parade Magazine and multiple appearances on CBS This Morning, NPR and CNBC. Minnick is a co-founder to Bourbon & Beyond and curates both B&B and the Hometown Rising Festivals. But most importantly, he wears ascots.
Fred Minnick’s Mini Bar
Bourbon expert Fred Minnick has hand-picked craft distilleries to feature for Hometown Rising. Participating distilleries to be announced.
Fxck Cancer& Dyin2Live Dreams Program
Fxck Cancer’s mission is to fight cancer by raising awareness and education about early cancer detection and prevention, ultimately putting an end to late-stage cancer diagnosis. Through our Dyin 2 Live Dreams program, we look to enrich the lives of those fighting cancer by offering them a VIP experience that we hope will bring joy, inspiration, and courage. In doing this, we hope we can help give the cancer fighter a chance to forget, even if it’s only for a day, what they are going through. For more information please visit, www.fxckcancer.org Opens a New Window. .
Fxck Cancer and Dyin 2 Live Dreams are programs of the F C Cancer Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. #TogetherWeFight #FxckCancer
Here For The Music
Calling All Crows
Danny Wimmer Presents is proud to team up with Calling All Crows’ Here For The Music campaign to prevent sexual violence at live music events. Specifically, the Calling All Crows team will provide prevention training to staff and volunteers leading up to Hometown Rising and will educate attendees on how to promote community safety through outreach onsite and messaging from each festival. Calling All Crows, founded by musician Chadwick Stokes and tour manager Sybil Gallagher in 2008, partners with musicians and fans to create change for women through direct service and activism. Through their Here For The Music campaign, they have partnered with 60+ venues, artists, and festivals to train 1500+ music professionals and fans, educate 10,000+ fans through outreach efforts, and consult on 10+ policies.
The Hometown Honky Tonk will feature DJs playing your favorite songs and a dance floor so you can line dance and two-step all weekend long!
Hometown Rising Supper ClubAt Seviche
Join us Thursday night before Bourbon & Beyond for a unique dinner at local favorite Seviche. This supper club’s special menu will showcase what makes Chef Anthony Lamas’ food so unique. Chef Lamas brings a genuine artistry to his cuisine, pulling in elements of his Latin heritage, his Southern home, and his experimental spirit to craft award winning food you don’t want to miss. Seviche showcases a brand-new take on the farm-to-table dining experience, with a rotating seasonal menu of the freshest local ingredients that perfectly complement Chef Lamas’ eclectic cultural influences. The Bourbon & Beyond Supper Club at Seviche merges everything that makes Chef Lamas a beloved Louisville staple with the Bourbon & Beyond experience to create an unforgettable kickoff to your festival experience.
Thursday, Sept. 19th at 6:30 PM
Seviche 1538 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40205
Price $110 (tax and gratuity included)
Jalapeño Caesar – manchego, tortilla crisps, pumpkin seeds
Chipotle Potato Bisque – crema, cheddar, scallion
Shrimp Ceviche – tomatillo, avocado, cucumber
Skirt Steak – sour cream mashed new reds, chimichurri, heirloom tomatoes
Pollo Asado – carolina gold rice, sea island red peas, country ham demi glacé
Salmon – rock shrimp chaufa, soy ginger butter, crispy spinach
Coconut Flan – dulce de leche, serrano chile pecan brittle
Tres Leches – brown butter macadamia ice cream
Chocolate Pot De Creme – vanilla crema, raspberry
Jack Daniel’s No. 7 Sports Bar
Don’t miss any sports action over the festival weekend. Jack Daniel’s is bring a 5,000+ square foot bar to serve up that mellowed taste of Tennessee. You’ll get your fix of college and professional games streamed across multiple televisions.
Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails. Today, Jack Daniel’s is a true global icon found in more than 170 countries around the world and is the most valuable spirits brand in the world as recognized by Interbrand.
Presented By LarcenyGF
John E. Fitzgerald would be proud to see Larceny Bourbon paired with Boss Hog Barbecue. Get ready to devour some good-to-the-bone barbecue! The Boss will be bringing the heat & smoke to the party with mouthwatering dishes like Kentucky-style smoked whole hog BBQ, pork, or chicken. Larceny will be there to refresh your pallet with their signature cocktails!
Mint Julep Experiences
Book your spot on a local distillery tour with Mint Julep Experiences to kick off your festival weekend! From production to tasting, these crafted bourbon adventures let you enjoy all the fun led by an expert bourbon guide and leave the driving to them. Take an urban adventure to Kentucky Artisan Distillery, where Jefferson’s Reserve bourbon is made, or Stitzel-Weller Distillery, the home of Bulleit, Orphan Barrel and Blade & Bow, on Sept. 13! Want to make it a double? Do both tours and save! Or join the Southern Supper Series on Sept. 12 for a foodie tour of Louisville inspired by places seen on Top Chef: Kentucky. Be sure to ask about VIP bourbon tour packages for your group.
Monster Energy Experience
Monster Energy will be keeping all fans fueled up and ready to rock by offering free sampling on their Monster Energy viewing deck. Enjoy Monster Energy drinks from one of the best seats in the house. Make sure to check back throughout the festival for a schedule of Monster Energy’s interactive artist experiences.
Take Me Home
Take Me Home is a not for profit, volunteer based foundation that has been saving the lives of homeless animals since 2001. Many families living in low-income areas cannot afford medical care, basic vaccinations, or spay/neuter surgeries for their companion animals. The donations raised help us to fund mobile veterinary hospitals to travel into these under-served areas to provide free spay and neuter, vaccinations, microchipping and administer medical care for animals in desperate need. Take Me Home also supports local animal charities. Come by the booth to help out our furry friends by buying a shirt, signed merchandise, and entering a raffle. Danny Wimmer, Founder, DWP, said, “DWP is proud to support various charities, giving them a national platform to promote their messages. We are particularly fond of Take Me Home, which advocates for animal adoption. I hope everyone stops by their booth and supports their fundraising efforts to help animals in need.”
The Angel’s Envy Speakeasy
You are cordially invited to this exclusive bar off the beaten path, featuring carefully curated cocktails. That’s all we can say for now – Good luck figuring out how to get in!
The Boilermaker Bar
Hometown Rising is proud to announce a collaboration with Metallica’s Blackened Whiskey and Enter Night Pilsner. Blackened, a super-premium American whiskey blend, crafted by the late Master Distiller Dave Pickerell and finished in the earth-shattering music of Metallica, and Enter Night Pilsner, a collaboration with the rockstars of craft brewing Stone Brewing Company, will come together under one roof to offer guests a one-of-kind musical festival experience. The Boilermaker pop-up will feature a Blackened & Enter Night Boilermaker, as well as craft cocktails and ice-cold Enter Night Pilsner. This exciting collaboration marks the latest in a long line of amplified guest experiences only available through Danny Wimmer Presents music festivals.
The Char House
Presented By Brown-Forman
Brown-Forman is the only major spirits company in the entire world to make its own new barrels, and Hometown Rising is very excited to partner with The Brown-Forman Cooperage to offer festivalgoers the experience of witnessing the historic art of barrel raising.
Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world- famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails. Today, Jack Daniel’s is a true global icon found in more than 170 countries around the world and is the most valuable spirits brand in the world as recognized by Interbrand. www.jackdaniels.com Opens a New Window.
The art of making fine bourbon first took place on the site of the Woodford Reserve Distillery, a National Historic Landmark, in 1812. The perfectly balanced taste of our Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is comprised of more than 200 detectable flavor notes, from bold grain and wood, to sweet aromatics, spice, and fruit & floral notes. www.woodfordreserve.com Opens a New Window.
A truly rare and distinctive occasion took place in Louisville, Kentucky in 1870. When George Garvin Brown sealed Bourbon in a bottle for the very first time, he did so knowing it would guarantee quality and consistency for Bourbon lovers everywhere. And five generations and nearly 150 years later, our family still watches over the production of every drop of Old Forester with that same care. www.oldforester.com Opens a New Window.
From our American White Oak barrels to our Beech and Birch charcoal-filter finishing, all has been done with meticulous care to bring you the fine art of gentle bourbon. www.cooperscraft.com
The Hunters Club
Presented By The Silver Dollar
The Silver Dollar Hunter’s Club is the ideal onsite destination for every bourbon aficionado. Rare, vintage, and experimental expressions will be available for purchase throughout the duration of the event. Wander in, take a seat, and indulge in some liquid history.
The Kroger Big Bourbon Bar
Presented By Courier Journal
Enjoy a sip of Kentucky’s finest at the Hometown Rising Big Bourbon Bar. Our bourbon experts have curated an extensive line up of bourbons and designed specialty cocktails for our country fans. Choose from a wide selection of spirit-forward and refreshing cocktails served up on demand by our Hometown mixologists.
Participating Bourbons include: 1792, Angel’s Envy, Barrell Bourbon, Coopers’ Craft, Elijah Craig, Four Roses, Jefferson’s, Jeptha Creed 4-Grain Bourbon, Kentucky Peerless, Michter’s, Old Forester, Rebel Yell, Stonehammer, Wild Turkey and more to be announced.
The Music Experience
The Music Experience features all the elements that are involved in making music in a professional band setting. The interactive exhibit features guitars, basses, amps, drums, keyboards, and electronic gear that are used by today’s most popular bands. After laying your hands on the hottest equipment available, you will walk away feeling like a rockstar and you may even see one there, too! Come and meet your favorite band members form the festival at the Music Experience Tent. With contests and interactive exhibits all day, you may have the opportunity to win free amps, free guitars and get tons of other free stuff.
This year’s brands include to be announced
The Tree Bar
Surrounded by a large shade tree near both music stages, The Tree Bar is the perfect place to relax, meet up with friends and family and catch the show, all while enjoying refreshing specialty cocktails.
Tiki Barrel Bar
Presented By Jim Beam
Say “aloha” to any worries when you stop by the Tiki Barrel Bar. With bourbon and rum-based specialty island cocktails, shade and seating areas, Tiki Barrel Bar is sure to be the oasis you need to make your festival vacation complete.
USMC Boot Camp
You think you have what it takes? Test your physical strength with the Pull Up Bar Challenge. Try to best your buddy or one of our recruits. #Marines
Vendome Copper & Brass Works
For one hundred plus years, Vendome Copper and Brass Works has been fabricating and supplying equipment to distilleries. Vendome is proud to be located in Louisville, Kentucky and is now overseen by the fourth generation of Shermans. Their stills and company are built on the principles of uncompromising quality and superior service. The Vendome team will be building a still live on-site at Hometown Rising. Be sure to check out this amazing demonstration in person!