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WORTH THE DRIVE: Limited-edition bourbon, craft beer and BACON unite at festival this weekend

The Bacon, Bourbon and Brews festival celebrates the heritage of Kentucky bourbon, Cincinnati pork and the craft brewing of both regions. 

Indeed, the rule is that food items must contain at least one of the three or a combination of same. Here’s what to expect at the fourth annual Bacon, Bourbon, and Brews Festival.

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The Bacon, Bourbon and Brews festival features limited edition bourbons. In 2018, those are: Jim Beam’s Masterpiece Sherry Cask, a Knob Creek 15-year bourbon, a Jim Beam high rye, a Jim Beam soft red wheat, a Jim Beam brown rice, and a Jim Beam barley. CONTRIBUTED

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The fest ensures that drinking bourbon is an educational experience. As you sip, you’ll learn about ryes, single barrel, bottled-in-bond, double-oaked, and other kinds of bourbon. You can then test your knowledge by playing team bourbon trivia.

Every year, the fest rolls out limited edition bourbons. In 2018, those are: Jim Beam’s Masterpiece Sherry Cask, a Knob Creek 15-year bourbon, a Jim Beam high rye, a Jim Beam soft red wheat, a Jim Beam brown rice, and a Jim Beam barley.

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The Bacon, Bourbon and Brews festival will have over 40 dishes featuring bacon mixed with all kinds of unconventional food items. CONTRIBUTED

The Real Baconators

There will be over 40 dishes featuring bacon mixed with all kinds of unconventional food items. Focusing on the most exotic, expect to find: Maysville Bacon Brownies, Baconwurst, Bacon Bourbon Bread Pudding, Candied Bacon Prime Rib Cannelloni with a Stout Beer Glaze, Apple Bourbon Pulled Pork Nachos, Bacon Popcorn, and Deep-Fried Bacon-wrapped Oreos.

The modern facade of Cincinnati’s Christian Moerlein Lager House. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen

The Brews

Christian Moerlein and Braxton Brewing will provide several varieties of craft beer. But if you’re a more meat-and-potatoes kind of beer drinker, don’t despair. Miller Lite and Coors Light will be available as well.

WANT TO GO?

What: Bacon, Bourbon, and Brews Festival

When: July 12-15; 5-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Where: Festival Park Newport, Riverboat Row, Newport, Kentucky

Cost: No admission cost

More Info: www.cincinnatifestivalsandevents.com

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