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Bourbon Making Workshop

Course Overview

Fall in love with Kentucky’s signature spirit in this day-long workshop, which combines classroom instruction with hands-on bourbon distilling in our 250-gallon copper pot combination still.

With a strong focus on production, students will get to delve deeper into the nuanced styles and processes involved in the bourbon making craft, exploring everything from the individual components of the distillate to the variety of aroma and flavor notes found in different expressions.

We’ll also return to our roots by examining the history of bourbon and its relationship with other whiskeys, before discussing the best ways to guide consumers through an informative and engaging sensory evaluation of this national treasure.


Who This Class Is For

Whether you’re a seasoned distiller or bourbon enthusiast, this class is for anyone seeking to refine their knowledge of bourbon.


Your Instructors

This course is taught by Colin Blake, Moonshine University’s Director of Spirits Education.


What You’ll Learn

In addition to gaining valuable insights on all things bourbon, we’ll take an in-depth look at:

  • Bourbon/Whisk(e)y Classifications & Standards of Identity;
  • Bourbon/Whisk(e)y History;
  • Individual Grain & Distillate Evaluation;
  • Production Methods & Styles;
  • Mash Bills & Fermentation;
  • Making Cuts, Finishing & Maturation;
  • Sensory Training & Analysis;
  • Guiding Consumers Through Sensory Evaluation.


Get Your Class On

Tuition includes all class materials, including a Distiller’s Sensory Kit; as well as breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. $500

**Early Bird Registration covers your stay at our contracted hotel from the night before Day 1 to the last day of class. The Early Bird deadline is 3 weeks before the first day of class.


About Moonshine University

Founded in 2012, Moonshine University is the nation’s premier educational distillery. Our facility was created from the ground up to teach new distillers how to get started in the industry, and to teach professional team members how to elevate key aspects of their craft and boost sales. Combining classroom instruction with practical, hands-on learning and sensory training, Moonshine University attracts people from all over the world, ensuring every attendee leaves with a complete and comprehensive education and skill set applicable to a variety of spirits and industry related areas.

In 2013, The Kentucky Distillers’ Association made Moonshine University their exclusive education provider. With the support of some of the industry’s leading institutions and distilleries, you can be sure that taking a class at Moonshine University will be worth the investment.

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