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ALUMNI STORIES: 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.

ALUMNI STORIES: 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.

ALUMNI STORIES: 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.

ALUMNI STORIES: 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.

ALUMNI STORIES: 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.

ALUMNI STORIES: 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.

ALUMNI STORIES: CALL FAMILY DISTILLERS

May 12th, 2016

Call Family Distillers is a legal moonshine distillery in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The Call family has a rich family history in making liquor, from Reverend Dan Call who taught Jack Daniels how to make whiskey, up to Willie Clay Call, a famous moonshine hauler called “The Uncatchable”. Owner Brian Call and co-founder Brad Call share their story, time spent at Moonshine University, and the future of their legacy.

ALUMNI STORIES: SEVEN JARS DISTILLERY

April 22nd, 2016

Scott McClure talks about Seven Jars Products in Charlotte, NC and about starting a craft distillery. Seven Jars Products is a home brew store that provides instructional courses on beer and wine making. Scott attended Moonshine University in Louisville, KY to gain a knowledge of distilling and get the tools he needed to start building a distillery. Seven Jars Distillery will produce vodka, rum, and bourbon.

ALUMNI STORIES: KENTUCKY PEERLESS DISTILLING COMPANY

February 3rd, 2016

Peerless Distilling is a state-of-the-art craft distillery in downtown Louisville with a rich family history of bourbon making. This grain to glass distillery makes flavored moonshines, bourbon, and rye whiskey all under one roof, including barreling product in their own rack house. Discover the history and vision of the Peerless Team, and learn about their experience at Moonshine University and Flavorman.

ALUMNI STORIES: KO DISTILLING

February 3rd, 2016

John O’Mara & Bill Karlson talk about opening a craft distillery in Manassas, VA where they produce white whiskey, gin, and bourbon. KO Distilling has fascinating stories behind their brand and is now open for tours.

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