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Everything you need to know about Bacon Bourbon and Brew

Updated: Jul 16, 2018

Bacon Bourbon and Brew Festival is July 12-15 2018

Bacon Bourbon and Brew is a Festival that brings in a huge crowd. Everyone in the Cincinnati area (and beyond) comes together to celebrate all that is Bacon, Bourbon and Brew.

Festival Dates and Times

Thursday, July 12: 5-11pm

Friday, July 13: 5-11pm

Saturday, July 14: 12-11pm

Sunday, July 15: 12-9pm


The food items are what makes Bacon Bourbon and Brew so well known. From Bourbon Bread Pudding to Chicken Fried Bacon with Gravy, we have it all. This year restaurants such as Delicio Coal Fired Pizza, Pompilios, Mck's Chicks and Ché will be serving up bacon, bourbon and beer related food options. Everything on the menu MUST include either Bacon Bourbon or brew, and most contain more than one of those! Each recipe was hand crafted and taste tested to ensure perfection.

The Menu

Pancetta Risotto Balls with Bourbon Dipping Sauce

Salmon with Bourbon Maple Glaze over Fried Polenta Cakes

Candied Bacon Prime Rib Cannelloni with a Stout Beer Glaze

Bacon Bourbon Bread Pudding

Bacon Wrapped Steak Skewers

Bacon and Sprout Pizza Slices

Grilled Bourbon Chicken

BBQ Sundae

Mac-Bacon Burger

Deep Fried Bacon Wrapped Oreos

Loaded Ribbon Fries with Bacon

Funnel Cakes with Bourbon Cherry Cherry Jubilee

Bacon Wrapped Baby Back Ribs with Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp  & Scallops with Pineapple Salsa

Pork Grenade

PB & J: Peas, Bacon and Jicama Salad

Apple Bourbon Pulled Pork

Bourbon Sliced Brisket

Smoked Bacon Wrapped Meatballs

Apple Bourbon Pulled Pork Nachos

Smoked Bacon Wrapped Dogs

Big Bacon Sandwich

Bacon Wrapped Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana

Chocolate Covered Bacon

Bacon and Dates Empanadas

Beer Korean BBQ Pork Empanadas

Double Bacon and Cheese Empanadas

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Slices

Coal Fired Wings tossed in Bourbon, Maple, Bacon Glaze

Cheesecake On a Stick wrapped in Bacon and dipped in Chocolate

Bacon loaded Potato Skins

Kentucky Bourbon Cake

Chicken Fried Bacon with Gravy

Pork Belly Mac & Cheese

Bacon Cream Puff with Bourbon Bavarian Filling

Grilled Bacon-Goetta Donut Sandwich with American Cheese

Bacon Brownie

Bacon Tamale

Bacon Chicken Kabobs

Deep Fried Grilled Cheese with Bacon

Goetta Bacon Corn Dog

PB&J  + B: Peanut Butter and Jelly + Bacon

Rueben with Bacon

Donut Stuffed with Bourbon Ice Cream and topped with Bacon

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie stuffed with Maple Ice Cream

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie stuffed with a Stout Ice Cream

Cheesecake on a Stick wrapped in Bacon andDipped in Chocolate

Beer cooked Brats

Beer cooked Metts

Deep Fried Bacon wrapped Jalapenos stuffed with Cream Cheese 

Bacon wrapped Filet Mignon Sandwiches 

Oreo and Nutella Empanadas with Bourbon

The Bourbon Experience

Every year there is a tradition to celebrate Bourbon in the most creative way. This means we draw in the greatest Bourbon Experts we know and have them lead bourbon related activities such as Bourbon Trivia and Bourbon related Classes. The Bourbon Tents will have limited edition Bourbon options such as Jim Beam Master's Distiller's Masterpiece Sherry Cask, Knob Creek 15 Year, Jim Beam Signature Craft Limited Edition Collection High Rye, and more. There is also a Bourbon Bar featuring Bourbons such as Jim Beam Black, Jim Beam Double Oak, Jim Beam Rye, Knob Creek Small Batch and more with Mixers such as Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Ginger Ale, to name a few. You will also have chances to win 2 Jim Beam Distillery Passes at the Bourbon Experience Tent throughout the weekend as giveaway will be occurring often.

Here is the Schedule for The Bourbon Experience


6:30 PM Bourbon Trivia

7:30 PM Jim Beam Promo Team


8:30 PM Bourbon Trivia


Beth Burrows, Jim Beam Ambassador, will be hosting the classes

6:00 PM Bourbon 101

7:30 PM Jim Beam Promo Team


8:00 PM Bourbon and Chocolate Class

9:30 PM Bourbon 101


1:00 PM Bourbon 101

2:30 PM Bourbon and Bacon: Ham Class

4:00 PM Bourbon 101

5:30 PM Bourbon and Chocolates

7:00 PM Jim Beam Promo Team


9:00 PM Bourbon Trivia


1:30 PM Bourbon 101

3:00 PM Bourbon and Chocolates

6:00 PM Bourbon Trivia

The Beers

Braxton Brewing Co. as Bacon Bourbon and Brew Festival Presenting Sponsor

Bacon Bourbon and Brew is presented by Braxton Brewing: "From a humble start, a love for brewing has become an entrepreneurial obsession. Melding technology and tradition, at Braxton ideas are born and fermented. Stay in touch and celebrate everything that's great about the Midwest."

Yuengling, Moerlein, and Millercoors and other breweries will be available as well.

Bacon Bourbon and Brew also features a Brew Haus that will be serving an assortment Craft Beer all weekend long.

Live Music

It's not a festival without live music. The Bacon Bourbon and Brew Festival features the top bands and performs in Cincinnati.

Thursday 5:00-7:30pm • Buzz Bin 8:00-11:00pm • Trailer Park Floosies

Friday 5:00-7:30pm • Model Behavior 8:00-11:00pm • Dog House

Saturday 12:00-3:15pm • Final Order 4:00-7:15pm • Swan 8:00-11:00pm • The Everyday People Band

Sunday 12:00-2:30pm • Zack Attack 3:00-5:30pm • 3 Day Rule 6:00-9:00pm • My Sister Sarah

The Demographics

Everyone is welcome to attend Bacon Bourbon and Brew. However, the festival is aimed at an audience over the age of 21. Therefore, there aren't childrens games or activities. It is recommended to get a babysitter and come out and enjoy the festival!

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Bacon Bourbon and Brew Festival is produced by ColdIron Enterprises Inc.

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