“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.”
Join 40+ industry experts under one roof for an intensive, practical, and hands-on learning experience unlike any other in the world. This six-day course combines technical spirits training and business management education for start-ups, industry professionals, and enthusiasts looking for a career in the distilling industry.
Designed and taught by distillery operators, industry insiders, and world-renowned master distillers, this course exposes attendees to the realities of day-to-day distilling operations – from laying the first brick to getting a finished product on the shelf. Each day will focus on a different set of distilling skills and considerations, complimented by a panel of industry experts who will provide you with their unique insider perspectives. Topics will cover everything from developing your business plan and constructing your distillery, to navigating regulatory entities, to developing and marketing your brand story. We’ll also explore equipment selection, manufacturing and distribution channels, financial considerations, and other significant challenges and opportunities in the business.
Of course, you won’t miss out on any of the fun stuff: you’ll get to explore the science of spirits production while getting your hands dirty distilling whiskey, rum, vodka, and gin, and examining bridge spirits at our on-campus beverage development lab. We’ll explore the history, category styles, production methods and distillation processes, as well as mash bills, maceration, fermenting, distilling, and finishing.
Tours and networking receptions – including visits to Vendome Copper & Brass Works facility and Copper & Kings Distillery – are scheduled throughout the week to further enrich your professional and learning experiences. In addition to gaining industry and personal connections to last a lifetime, you can look forward to a brief graduation ceremony where you’ll get to bottle the very whiskey you helped create – and toast to a week well spent!
Tuition includes all class materials, including a distiller’s sensory kit; breakfast, lunch, and refreshments; attendance to exclusive tours and networking receptions throughout the week; and transportation between our contracted hotel and our campus. $6,250
**Early Bird Registration covers your stay at our contracted hotel from Day 1 to the last day of class.Register
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