EDT Podcast: Forecastle Sets Sail with Bourbon Lodge in Front

Carolyn and Rick have been keeping a busy schedule eating and drinking around town, all so we can talk about it here on the EatDrinkTalk podcast. We start with Carolyn’s Eat of the Week, which she found in Westport Village at the Artesano Tapas spot. She gives the Ole Restaurant Group spot high marks for some succulent lunch dishes.

Rick went all the way to Nashville to discover that city’s equivalent of the ‘Ville’s own Seafood Lady. It was not fancy, just mouth-watering seafood (lobster, shrimp) served in styrofoam containers.

It’s Forecastle Week in the ‘Ville, and while concert-goers savor the sounds of the likes of Jason Isbell and Arcade Fire, many end up in the air-conditioned comfort of the Bourbon Lodge. Liquor Barn’s Brad Williams traces the evolution of the attraction, which has become a big event in the bourbon world, thanks to the keen interest in the project by founder J.K. McKnight. Williams says the Rarities Bar is a treasure to bourbon aficionados, with plenty of bottles you won’t find elsewhere.

We got an early look at Louisville Magazine’s Best of Louisville awards in restaurants, and have some nits to pick with the choices. And Carolyn had a chance encounter with Mitch McConnell, who has experienced unpleasantness on a few recent trips to local restaurants.

Thanks to our sponsor, Fourth Street Live!, which is gearing up for the Nelly concert August 3 and is welcoming the new Pizza Bar to the Street.

Brad Williams hosts the Bourbon Lodge at Forecastle

Carolyn’s Eat of the Week from Artesano Tapas

Forecastle Bourbon Lodge Rarities Bar to include some scarce selections

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Forecastle Bourbon Lodge, Forecastle Festival’s acclaimed Kentucky Bourbon Trail outpost, will give Bourbon fans exclusive access to some rare sips this year when the three-day July music festival is held July 14-16.

According to a news release, Forecastle’s new Rarities Bar, presented by Liquor Barn and curated by category director Brad Williams, will feature some of the most sought-after, limited release Kentucky Bourbon expressions, many of which are exclusive to Forecastle.

In addition, the Rarities Bar will debut unique, one-of-a-kind blends, crafted by Williams and Forecastle Founder JK McKnight, available for sample only at Forecastle and purchase at select Liquor Barn locations.

The Rarities Bar will include the following Kentucky Bourbon Trail offerings and Liquor Barn Private Barrel Selections:

  • Four Roses Al Young “50th Anniversary” Small Batch
  • Four Roses Elliott’s Select 2016 Limited Edition Single Barrel
  • Four Roses 2016 Limited Edition Small Batch
  • Four Roses 2015 Limited Edition Small Batch
  • Four Roses 2014 Limited Edition Small Batch
  • Four Roses 2013 Limited Edition Small Batch
  • Michter’s 10-Year Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2016
  • Old Forester “The Statesman”
  • Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 23-Year Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
  • Orphan Barrel Barterhouse 20-Year Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
  • Whiskey Barons Collection Bond & Lillard
  • Whiskey Barons Collection Old Ripy
  • Wild Turkey Decades
  • Wild Turkey 17-Year Master’s Keep
  • Woodford Reserve Double Double Oaked

Liquor Barn Private Barrel Selections include:

  • Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old Single Barrel
  • Four Roses Barrel Proof Single Barrel (multiple selections)
  • Knob Creek 14-Year-Old Single Barrel – Forecastle Selection
  • Maker’s Mark Private Select Cask Strength, Forecastle Selection

All Rarities Bar offerings will be released at specific times throughout the festival, and will be available until limited quantities are depleted. A full schedule of releases will be shared prior to the festival and those with Bourbon Lodge memberships, currently available at ForecastleFest.com, will have exclusive early access to the release schedule.

The Bourbon Cares program returns in 2017 to further its aim of matching distillers with Kentucky conservation partners. This year’s program will pair Forecastle Bourbon brands with Forecastle Foundation conservation partners to support numerous Kentucky-based projects, including the Green River and Pine Mountain Wildlife Corridor initiatives. Forecastle attendees can purchase the single-barrel private selections by the drink in the Forecastle Bourbon Lodge or by the bottle at select Liquor Barn locations.

Bourbon Cares Private Barrel Selections include:

  • Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
  • Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Proof
  • Old Forester Single Barrel
  • Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel

According to the release, the sale of these private barrel selections will benefit some of the richest and highly threatened regions of biodiversity left in Kentucky, ranging from endangered shrimp and mussel-filled watersheds in Central Kentucky, to old-growth forests in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky.

Fireside Chats will return to Bourbon Lodge and offer an intimate living room setting for educational panels, speakers and demonstrations with industry experts, retailers, mixologists and master distillers. The full schedule and programming for Fireside Chats is coming soon.

To get tickets to the festival, as well as Bourbon Lodge memberships, visit ForecastleFest.com.

J.K. McKnight Mixes Music with Bourbon; Goodwood Goodness with Joel Halblieb

Rick and Steve return from the road for this episode of the city’s finest restaurant and bar podcast. And while we could go on about our trips to Denver and Indianapolis, our first item of business is getting caught up on the news right here in River City. First, there’s an exciting announcement about efforts to create a new Louisville festival called Bourbon & Beyond. Steve credits Louder Than Life organizer Danny Wimmer for bypassing a passive city committee to get the new festival on the calendar.

We also report on some chef changes. Longtime Corbett’s chef Jeffrey Dailey has moved over to Harvest, now the home of what some say is the most talent in any city kitchen. Then there’s news that Allan Rosenberg is making a move back to pizza with the opening of Butchertown Pizza Hall in the old Hall’s Cafeteria space. Also in Butchertown, the operator of the Holy Mole’ food truck is adopting an 1860s-era building for a new pizza and pasta place to be called Lupo. Finally, we marvel at the marketing expertise of steakhouse proprietor Jeff Ruby, who got his restaurant mentioned in a national CBS basketball broadcast by promising free steak if Northern Kentucky University pulled off the impossible and upset over the University of Kentucky. It didn’t.

Our first guest is Forecastle Festival organizer J.K. McKnight, whose promotion of the Bourbon Lodge at July’s big event captured Steve’s interest. Rick welcomes Goodwood Brewery’s Joel Halblieb, who talks about the success of the two-year-old brand and the often-overlooked Taproom at Main and Clay.

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J.K. McKnight

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Joel Halblieb