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September 7th, 2018

18th Street Distillery is the first artisan distillery to open since prohibition in Hammond, let alone northwest Indiana. Owner Drew Fox doesn’t plan on rushing any products, instead taking time to artfully craft each product and build their brand. They currently produce rye whiskey, rum, gin, and moonshine; and have bourbon aging in barrels.

With a successful brewery in 18th Street Brewery and ample production knowledge, Drew knew he had the foundation to expand into distilling. He came to Moonshine University in Louisville, Kentucky to hone his skills. At the 6-Day Distiller course, he was able to learn and gain contacts that saved him time, money, and mistakes.

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Elevated Mountain Distilling Company

January 31st, 2018

Elevated Mountain Distilling Company is a craft distillery located in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. Located between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, it’s the perfect place to run a distillery. Using methods that hark back to moonshiners of old, while incorporating some modern equipment, owner Dave Angel makes everything from corn whiskey moonshine and flavored moonshines, to bourbon, rye whiskey, and vodka. Dave attended Moonshine University’s week long course in Louisville Kentucky to make connections and kick start his journey into the distilling industry.

Copper Bottom Craft Distillery

December 28th, 2017

Copper Bottom Craft Distillery is a small artisan distillery located in Holly Hill, FL (Daytona Beach area). Opened and operated by Jeremy Craig, they specialize in producing rum and vodka. Before venturing into the distillery business, Jeremy attended Moonshine University to learn the ins and outs of operating a craft distillery. Watch the video to hear the story, and be sure to swing by when you’re in the area for some great small batch spirits.

Ghost Coast Distillery

October 18th, 2017


Chris Sywassink and Rob Ingersoll tell the story of opening Ghost Coast Distillery in downtown Savannah, Georgia. Chris and Rob attended Moonshine University’s week long course in Louisville, KY to learn how to become distillers. Ghost Coast is the first operational distillery in Savannah since prohibition; making vodka, bourbon, and a variety of other experimental liquors in the works.

Backwards Distilling Company

April 21st, 2017

Backwards Distilling Company is a unique craft distillery in Mills, Wyoming. Head Distiller Chad Pollock makes every spirit you could imagine, including vodka, gin, rum, and moonshine. They are aging bourbons and whiskeys, and also have distinct spirits in the works like absinthe and aquavit. Step into the tasting room and you step into a another time and place. The fascinating circus theme and speakeasy vibe make Backwards an exciting space for a drink. Their cocktail menu is created by Amber Pollock with Backwards spirits and fresh local juices for one-of-a-kind-off-the-wall beverages. Co-owners Chad and Amber started the company with their parents Bill and Kathy. They all attended Moonshine University to a variety of classes to help give them the framework and knowledge to dive head first into the distilling industry.

Glass Distillery

March 20th, 2017


Ian MacNeil launched Glass Distillery in Seattle, WA to produce vodka of the highest quality. In addition to their flagship vodka, Glass Distillery is also making brandy and flavor infused vodkas. Ian attended Moonshine University’s 5-Day Distiller Course to expand his education and make connections in the distilling industry.

Dry Hills Distillery

March 2nd, 2017


Dry Hills is a true farm-to-bottle distillery in Bozeman, MT. After five generations of potato farming in the Droge family, Jeff and Erica set out to start turning some of those potatoes into delicious spirits. They attended Moonshine University in Louisville, KY to learn more about distilling, and also work with Flavorman to develop flavored spirits.

Alchemy Distillery

December 20th, 2016


Alchemy Distillery is a craft distillery located in Arcata, California. In addition to running a construction company, Stephen and Amy Bohner run the small distillery all on their own. A passion for local grains and hand-made products motivate them to create a variety of distilled spirits from clear whiskey to aged gin. After attending Moonshine University in Louisville, Kentucky, they opened their distillery to the public and continue to grow.

10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company

November 8th, 2016

The 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company is Vail, Colorado’s premier distillery, crafting spirits from locally sourced ingredients in the name of the mountain lifestyle that was influenced by the original 10th Mountain soldiers. Ryan & Christian attended the first 5-Day Distiller Course at Moonshine University and have now opened a distillery in Vail, CO making a variety of spirits, from vodka to bourbon.

Copper Barrel Distillery

August 3rd, 2016

George Smith, founder of Copper Barrel Distillery, talks about opening the distillery in Wilkes County, NC with head distiller Buck Nance. Buck has been distilling moonshine for about 60 years of his life. George also attended several classes at Moonshine University in Louisville, KY to learn more about the science and business of distilling before opening Copper Barrel.

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