The Sierra Nevada Chantey Session IPA will be available at Forecastle Festival. | Screenshot

Since 2010, Forecastle Festival and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. have forged a partnership based on mutual respect for each other’s sustainability practices.

Sierra Nevada, a brewery out of Chico, Calif., and Forecastle, a music festival in Louisville, both strive to make the world a better place by recycling, using alternative power sources and giving back to the community and environment, just to mention a few.

The two once again are joining forces for Forecastle 2018 by creating a collaborative beer that’ll benefit the Forecastle Foundations’ efforts to protect the Floyds Fork Watershed, one of the last remaining natural stream ecosystems in Jefferson County. Proceeds from each Chantey Session IPA sold will go to the cause.

Beer is a vital component of Forecastle. | Photo by Sarah Kelley

The Forecastle Foundation, the charitable arm of the festival, has been working with Future Fund Land Trust to help raise funds to protect the Floyds Fork Watershed. So far, the organization has purchased 4,000 acres in Floyds Fork and hopes to acquire more than 10,000.

“The thought was how to combine one of the world’s most sustainable breweries with one of the world’s most sustainable festivals, and that was the seed of the Sierra Nevada/Forecastle partnership,” said Forecastle founder J.K. McKnight in a promotional video about the new beer.

The beer — which is now available on tap at Liquor Barn Middletown and will soon invade a few more Louisville bars and restaurants before the festival begins on July 13 — has a 4.1 percent ABV and is made with three varieties of malts and five hops.

There will be several tap takeovers leading up to Forecastle, where you can get a taste of the Chantey Session. The first one will be held at Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse starting at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 9. There also will be a tap takeover that same night at Drake’s St. Matthews starting at 8 p.m.

And on Wednesday, July 11, the Sierra Nevada tap takeover will move to the Irish Rover starting at 6 p.m.

Each event will feature Sierra Nevada swag, a chance to win Forecastle tickets and a commemorative pint glass to take home. The beer also will be available at Forecastle, which runs July 13-15 at Waterfront Park.

Sara Havens

Sara Havens

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog ( daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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