The Art + Science of Distilling

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In this industry, you never know it all.

“This industry is uniquely demanding. It takes a tenacious drive to get your business rolling.

The entrepreneurs we meet, the distillers that are four or five years in, even the masters, they all have it, that tenacity. It’s a privilege to be part of their story.”

6-Day Distiller Course

“The course is a terrific foundation for anyone already in the spirits industry or anyone wishing to enter the industry.”

– Tim Shavers, October 2013 Graduate

Over 40 industry experts are brought together under one roof to provide an intensive, practical, hands-on learning experience that combines technical training and business management education for start-ups, industry professionals, and those looking for careers in the distilling industry. This course, designed and taught by distillery operators, industry insiders, and world-renowned master distillers, exposes attendees to the realities of the day-to-day operations from laying the first brick to getting finished product on the shelves. . The technical aspects of distillate production are only the beginning. Challenges and opportunities from equipment selection to distribution channels to financial considerations are also explored.

Classroom instruction, coupled with hands-on experience and priceless networking opportunities, combine to make our 6-Day Distiller Course the industry’s premier educational event.

We are always happy to discuss the course details and answer any questions. You may reach us by email at or by phone at 502-301-8139.

Note: Speakers are subject to change due to last minute conflicts. As the exclusive educational member Kentucky Distillers’ Association, we have a pool of top notch industry experts from which to provide any necessary substitutions. We will notify all participants of any changes as soon as possible to the best of our ability.


This half-day class, starting at 1pm, offers aspiring distillers the opportunity to learn from an experienced distillery construction team. A comprehensive view will be provided by instructors consisting of the general contractor, critical sub-contractors, key equipment manufacturers, financier, economic development officials and others. Attendees will receive a detailed timeline, as well as an in-depth perspective of financial considerations, regulatory challenges and construction decision points for the on-time, on-budget construction/renovation of their distillery.

Key Steps & Timeline – Overview of critical decision points, when they should be implemented and their corresponding completion requirements.

Financial Considerations – Comprehensive cost analysis of a recently completed, fully-operational, craft distillery will provide a benchmark for budget development from construction, production and operational considerations.

Construction / Renovation – Moderated panel discussion featuring key stake-holders in the distillery construction process. Important considerations include:

Incentives & Government Support – Identify opportunities to attract state and local government incentives for your distillery, including an explanation of requirements and support materials likely necessary for consideration.


Distilling 101
Introduction to:

Breakout Session: Distilling

Distilling 102
More intensive study of the science and process of:

Applications include a closer look at distilling, experimenting with yeast, and observing process through a glass still.

Breakout Session: Laboratory

Nuts & Bolts Networking Reception
Enjoy open discussion over hors d’oeuvres and cocktails with colleagues, presenters, vendors and industry VIPs.


TTB Licensing and Compliance


Rum Mash Bill Calculation

Formulation and label approvals process.


Production Process


Lunch with a Legend
Sit back and relax while we show you some genuine Kentucky hospitality. Enjoy lunch while a legendary industry veteran answers questions and shares stories & advice from years of experience in the distilling industry. Entertaining as well as insightful, our legends never disappoint. Past speakers include Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller at Wild Turkey, Bill Samuels, Jr., and Greg Davis from Maker’s Mark.

Oak 101

Aging & Mingling

Proofing & Finishing

On & Off Premise Marketing

Networking Reception and Dinner
Cocktails and dinner will provide another excellent opportunity for attendees, presenters and honored guests to enjoy informal conversation and build valuable relationships.


Artisan Distiller Panel
Presentations and Q&A with artisan distillers and distillery owners



Vodka & Gin Sensory Evaluation


Vendome Tour
A field trip to tour the largest distilling equipment manufacturer in the United States.


Branding, Sales & Marketing

Case Study: Route to Market
Step by step: taking a new brand to market

Packaging & Closures

Closing Remarks & Diplomas

TUITION: $6,250.00



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