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Beer, Bourbon, and Bacon Garden Party | The Bourbon Social

beer bourbon bacon garden party

Sorry, I took a hiatus from the blog, but I have been posting nonstop on IG (so, if you want to see it first, you can follow me there or on snapchat).

On June 19, The Bourbon Social put on a great event called, Beer Bourbon & Bacon Garden Party at the Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate. The weather was perfect! It was such a great time with delicious food and probably the best Kentucky Mules that I have ever had! {The Mules were made with Bib and Tucker}. This garden party was all you can eat and drink. There were featured bourbon cocktails paired with bacon infused plates, and they also had bourbon aged beers. Let’s be honest. I was there for the bacon and bourbon. Like I said, my favorite was The Kentucky Mule, and it seemed to be everyone else’s favorite too, because they ran out of the ingredients to make it. Bacon inspired bites were done by Lexington Diner and Creative Table Kitchen and Catering.


The Bourbon Social is a series of events throughout the year celebrating none other than bourbon, as well as delicious foods. You can’t go wrong with bourbon and local food from right here in Kentucky. If you want to go to one of their events, I highly suggest you buy your tickets in advance and don’t wait, because the event will be sold out!!

Before we get into the food, I’d figured I would share a little history about the Ashland Estate for those that don’t know. Ashland was the name of the plantation of the 19th-century Kentucky statesman, Henry Clay, located in Lexington Kentucky, which is in the central Bluegrass region of the state. The Estate is a registered National Historic Landmark. In 1797, Henry Clay came to Lexington from Virginia and then in 1804, he began buying land for his plantation. During Clay’s lifetime, the Ashland Farm was outside of the city’s limits. At it’s largest, it was over 600 acres. It is still unclear where the name came from, whether he named it himself or whether it was a prior name. Clay started referring to it as Ashland by 1809. However, the name derives from the ash forest that stood at this site.


Deviled eggs are such a Southern classic. Up until this day, I had never actually tried one, because I’m not a huge fan of mayonnaise and mustard. However, since I was there, I just had to. It was yummy and I actually liked it! This particular deviled egg was a Bacon and Jalapeño Deviled Egg with Bib and Tucker Bourbon infused Paddlefish Caviar, which was paired with a Bib and Tucker Kentucky Mule.



Another small bite was the Pimento Cheese Stuffed Cherry Tomato with Ol’ Major Bacon Bourbon bacon jam, which was paired with a Bacon Bourbon Bloody Mary. This bourbon was used in the Bloody Marys.



It wouldn’t be a Beer Bourbon Bacon garden party without Chocolate Covered Cayenne Candied Bacon planks, am I right? These were paired with Black Saddle Bourbon.

These were Pulled Pork Potato Skins with West Sixth Brewing Snakecake Chipolte BBQ drizzle paired with West Sixth Snakecake.

Out of all the food that I ate, this was my absolute favorite. These were Cooper Brothers Local Beef Sliders with Pork Belly, Ghost Jack, Fried Onion, and Barrel Bourbon BBQ sauce paired with Barrel Bourbon neat.

These were the dessert!! It was West Sixth Brewing Cocoa Porter Cupcakes with Buttercream icing & fried lardon, which was then paired with West Sixth Cocoa Porter. Who could say no to dessert?


I couldn’t mention the party without mentioning the beautiful grounds that surround the Ashland Estate.

“At Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, beautiful iron gates lead into a traditional English parterre garden. The six parterres, or sections, feature a wide variety of trees, shrubs, perennials, herbs, roses and annuals. Benches and chairs provide delightful spots in which to rest and admire, paint, or read the free garden brochure available from the estate visitor center. Formal gardens have been a part of the estate since the days of Clay himself. The famous 19th-century statesman collected landscaping ideas while on trips of state to England. The current half-acre garden, designed to reflect the style of a formal garden of Clay’s era, was begun in 1950 and is maintained by the Garden Club of Lexington. ”


Be sure to look out for my upcoming posts, since I’ll be recapping all of the foodie events that I have been to, since I’ve last blogged. It seems that foodie events are really the only events I ever go to! Some upcoming posts include: Hike for Beer With a Twist, Lexington Burger Week, Lexington Restaurant Week, Food Truck Friday (upcoming), CRAVE Lexington (upcoming), and not to mention a few other goodies that I’ll share in the upcoming month.

We are going to another event in October that The Bourbon Social is putting on, and I cannot wait! This particular event will be the weekend of their main event!

{event photos from: The Bourbon Social’s facebook page}

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  • Oooooh I LOVE the look of all of this! Can we take a moment to admire and drool over the chocolate covered bacon, though? I mean, seriously. GENIUS.

  • Sounds like a fun event. Really cool that you got to learn the history along with all the awesome food. Your photos are stunning.

    • It was really fun! They didn’t teach us any of the history about the place. I just included that info for my readers 🙂 They just supplied us with food and drinks heheh

  • tp keane

    wow, what a spread. I can’t believe there’s even chocolate dipped bacon, how cool is that.

  • Jessica Hughes

    I am starving now! I really want some bacon after this–yummy!

  • Winifred Jac

    Your food pics always get me. Choc covered bacon!!! That looks so good. Now I think I wanna make some!

  • Mandy Young Carter

    Looks like a fun event to attend. And what a great list of foodie events you have for us to look forward to.

  • Wendy Polisi

    This looks like such a fun event. I’ve never tried chocolate covered bacon but I’ll bet it is really good.

  • Amanda Love

    What a fun event to attend especially if you enjoy drinking bourbon or if you’re tired of the same old events during the summer. I really like that they have a lot of food to offer as well! how fun!

    • I love going to events! A lot of events around here have bourbon and we have been becoming quite a foodie city over the past couple of years! 🙂

  • Rachel Catherine

    Wow! I want to be at this party! How fun. Everything looks delicious.

  • Kimberly Stroh

    Chocolate dipped bacon FTW! I can’t believe how amazing that looks. What a fun party!

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Omg can we say yum?!?! Yummy food, yummy drinkies…. A total yum fest!

  • Debra Hawkins

    Wow! It looks like it was just an amazing night! What a fun day! A totally amazing day!

  • Wow they really did put Bourbon in everything. I like the sound of the Bourbon cupcakes they look delicious.

    • Yep! If we can think of it, we’ll put bourbon in it 🙂 The cupcakes were so delicious! The cupcakes were made from a local beer that we have; West Sixth Cocoa Porter!

  • I am not a fan of bourbon. But I must admit that the food looks delicious and it sounds like a fun series of events.

    • I love the events that they put on. All of them contain bourbon though, since it’s part of a series by The Bourbon State, and since bourbon is such a huge part of the culture here. You can never go wrong with food and a great sunshine-y day!

  • Yvonne Lo

    You got me at “bacon” and then “garden party”. I wish I had the community to organize an event like this. Looks like such a fun day! Bet the men loved it.

    • It was such a fun time! It was my idea to go and buy tickets. I just told my husband that we were going haha! I use social media a lot, so I try to stay in the know about everything, but he doesn’t use social media. I just tell him, hey look at this event, I’m buying tickets and then he goes, okay lol!

  • Mardene Carr

    Oh dear! What a combination this is…LOL. I do love bacon, even though I have not had it in quite a while. Sounds like this was the place to be

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  • Becca Wilson

    This looks like it was such a great time. I would love to visit and party like this. My husband loves bacon so this is perfect.

  • Reesa Lewandowski

    Such a great post to come back from a hiatus with! Nothing like a great party like this to enjoy some sunshine and great food.

  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    Bourbon everything looks like so much fun! I would never have thought of some of these combinations but it looks like such a great time.

  • Shirley Eliza Martinez

    Wait… Chocolate Covered Cayenne Candied Bacon planks? That sounds interestingly amazing! I’d eat a bunch of those!