The Art + Science of Distilling

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When it comes to crafting your spirit, the finish is only the beginning.

At Moonshine U. we take what we do seriously. Whether you’re fulfilling your grandfather’s dream or deem your taste in spirits to be missing from the market, we’ve got the experts that will get you ready for the big league. We don’t take your dream lightly, so our courses are fast paced and hands on. So pour up a glass, and get started on your mission to give the world a sip of your spirit.

Looking to Get Bourbon-Trail Certified? Visit our Sister Site, Stave & Thief.

Intro Courses

Stave & Thief Society: Executive Bourbon Steward Training and Certification

April 18, 2016

$500.00 per Student

Stave & Thief Society: Executive Bourbon Steward Training and Certification

$500.00 per Student

Limit 20

Executive Bourbon Steward (EBS) is the individual membership in Stave & Thief Society's Bourbon Certification Program. This certification provides classroom training, hands-on bourbon distilling, and advanced sensory training for individuals alongside owners, managers, program directors, and team leaders of hospitality establishments. Instruction includes thorough analysis of the individual components of the distillate and the production process, as well as an examination of history, context, standards of identity, and bourbon's relationship to other whiskeys.

This course certifies attendees as Executive Bourbon Stewards in the Stave & Thief Society Bourbon Certification Program.

- April 18, 2016 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Bourbon Making Workshop

June 6, 2016

$500.00 per Student

Bourbon Making Workshop

$500.00 per Student

Limit 30

This day-long introductory workshop combines classroom instruction, hands-on bourbon distilling, and sensory activities for professionals in the bourbon industry as well as advanced enthusiasts. Instruction includes thorough analysis of the individual components of the distillate and the production process, as well as an examination of history, context, standards of identity, and bourbon's relationship to other whiskeys.

- June 6, 2016 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Stave & Thief Society: Executive Bourbon Steward Training and Certification

June 17, 2016

$500.00 per Student

Stave & Thief Society: Executive Bourbon Steward Training and Certification

$500.00 per Student

Limit 20

Executive Bourbon Steward (EBS) is the individual membership in Stave & Thief Society's Bourbon Certification Program. This certification provides classroom training, hands-on bourbon distilling, and advanced sensory training for individuals alongside owners, managers, program directors, and team leaders of hospitality establishments. Instruction includes thorough analysis of the individual components of the distillate and the production process, as well as an examination of history, context, standards of identity, and bourbon's relationship to other whiskeys.

This course certifies attendees as Executive Bourbon Stewards in the Stave & Thief Society Bourbon Certification Program.

- June 17, 2016 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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5-Day Distiller Course

June 27-July 1, 2016

$5950.00 per Student

5-Day Distiller Course

$5950.00 per Student

Limit 30

Distilled Spirits Epicenter's 5-Day Distiller Course exposes attendees to a well-rounded perspective of the industry, provided by recognized industry leaders. The technical aspects of distillate production are only the beginning. Challenges and opportunities from distillery construction to distributor selection to financial considerations are also explored.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by June 6, 2016 for 5 nights at the Brown Hotel included with tuition.
Check-in date: 6/26/16, check-out date: 7/1/16

- June 27-July 1, 2016 - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Bourbon Making Workshop

July 22, 2016

$500.00 per Student

Bourbon Making Workshop

$500.00 per Student

Limit 30

This day-long introductory workshop combines classroom instruction, hands-on bourbon distilling, and sensory activities for professionals in the bourbon industry as well as advanced enthusiasts. Instruction includes thorough analysis of the individual components of the distillate and the production process, as well as an examination of history, context, standards of identity, and bourbon's relationship to other whiskeys.

- July 22, 2016 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Stave & Thief Society: Executive Bourbon Steward Training and Certification

August 29, 2016

$500.00 per Student

Stave & Thief Society: Executive Bourbon Steward Training and Certification

$500.00 per Student

Limit 20

Executive Bourbon Steward (EBS) is the individual membership in Stave & Thief Society's Bourbon Certification Program. This certification provides classroom training, hands-on bourbon distilling, and advanced sensory training for individuals alongside owners, managers, program directors, and team leaders of hospitality establishments. Instruction includes thorough analysis of the individual components of the distillate and the production process, as well as an examination of history, context, standards of identity, and bourbon's relationship to other whiskeys.

This course certifies attendees as Executive Bourbon Stewards in the Stave & Thief Society Bourbon Certification Program.

- August 29, 2016 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Bourbon Making Workshop

October 7, 2016

$500.00 per Student

Bourbon Making Workshop

$500.00 per Student

Limit 30

This day-long introductory workshop combines classroom instruction, hands-on bourbon distilling, and sensory activities for professionals in the bourbon industry as well as advanced enthusiasts. Instruction includes thorough analysis of the individual components of the distillate and the production process, as well as an examination of history, context, standards of identity, and bourbon's relationship to other whiskeys.

- October 7, 2016 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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5-Day Distiller Course

October 24-28, 2016

$5950.00 per Student

5-Day Distiller Course

$5950.00 per Student

Limit 30

Distilled Spirits Epicenter's 5-Day Distiller Course exposes attendees to a well-rounded perspective of the industry, provided by recognized industry leaders. The technical aspects of distillate production are only the beginning. Challenges and opportunities from distillery construction to distributor selection to financial considerations are also explored.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by October 3, 2016 for 5 nights at the Brown Hotel included with tuition.
Check-in date: 10/23/16, check-out date: 10/28/16

- October 24-28, 2016 - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Stave & Thief Society: Executive Bourbon Steward Training and Certification

November 14, 2016

$500.00 per Student

Stave & Thief Society: Executive Bourbon Steward Training and Certification

$500.00 per Student

Limit 20

Executive Bourbon Steward (EBS) is the individual membership in Stave & Thief Society's Bourbon Certification Program. This certification provides classroom training, hands-on bourbon distilling, and advanced sensory training for individuals alongside owners, managers, program directors, and team leaders of hospitality establishments. Instruction includes thorough analysis of the individual components of the distillate and the production process, as well as an examination of history, context, standards of identity, and bourbon's relationship to other whiskeys.

This course certifies attendees as Executive Bourbon Stewards in the Stave & Thief Society Bourbon Certification Program.

- November 14, 2016 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Bourbon Making Workshop

December 9, 2016

$500.00 per Student

Bourbon Making Workshop

$500.00 per Student

Limit 30

This day-long introductory workshop combines classroom instruction, hands-on bourbon distilling, and sensory activities for professionals in the bourbon industry as well as advanced enthusiasts. Instruction includes thorough analysis of the individual components of the distillate and the production process, as well as an examination of history, context, standards of identity, and bourbon's relationship to other whiskeys.

- December 9, 2016 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Intermediate Courses

Fermentation Workshop + Whisk(e)y Workshop

March 14-18, 2016

$3590.00 per Student

Fermentation Workshop + Whisk(e)y Workshop

$3590.00 per Student

Limit 15

Get the Fermentation Workshop (normally $1,795) and the Whisk(e)y Workshop (normally $1,995) plus one bonus night at the Brown Hotel for the discounted price of $3,590!

Class size will be limited to 15 attendees to ensure ample opportunity for hands-on learning.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by February 22, 2016 for 5 nights at the Brown Hotel included with tuition.
Check-in date: 3/13/16, check-out date: 3/18/16

- March 14-18, 2016 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Fermentation Workshop

March 14-15, 2016

$1795.00 per Student

Fermentation Workshop

$1795.00 per Student

Limit 15

Moonshine University is proud to present this class in conjunction with Wilderness Trail Distillery and Ferm Solutions.

Hands on learning experiences:
Observation of the three stages of the yeast cycle (respiration, fermentation, sedimentation)
Pitch their own fermentation to observe later during the course
Observing and lab specs on a known fermentation started previous to course
Yeast counting, viability and budding observations
Troubleshooting/diagnosing known contaminated fermentations

Class size will be limited to 15 attendees to ensure ample opportunity for hands-on learning.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by February 22, 2016 for 2 nights at the Brown Hotel included with tuition.
Check-in date: 3/13/16, check-out date: 3/15/16

- March 14-15, 2016 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Whisk(e)y Workshop

March 17-18, 2016

$1995.00 per Student

Whisk(e)y Workshop

$1995.00 per Student

Limit 15

This two-day intermediate course examines a selection of whisk(e)y classifications including Irish, Scotch, Canadian, American whiskeys, and new craft whiskies that feature non-traditional grains. For each category, instruction includes thorough analysis of the individual components of the distillate and production process, standards of identity, and the product's relationship to other whiskeys. Instruction is designed to provide an in-depth understanding and practice of whisk(e)y production, including malting, smoking, mashing, fermenting, and making cuts. Small-scale product development with table-top distillation allows participants to experiment with the process before moving on to the larger equipment in the distillery. Traditional and alternative aging techniques are also covered.

Class size will be limited to 15 attendees to ensure ample opportunity for hands-on learning.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by February 25, 2016 for 2 nights at the Brown Hotel included with tuition.
Check-in date: 3/16/16, check-out date: 3/18/16

- March 17-18, 2016 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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5-Day Rum Course

April 11-15, 2016

$5495.00 per Student

5-Day Rum Course

$5495.00 per Student

Limit 30

The Rum University and Moonshine University have joined forces to offer the most comprehensive rum training to existing and future rum distillers and brand owners from around the world.

The 5-Day course will guide attendees through the financial, marketing, production, aging, and blending of rum, so each person can leave with a complete understanding of how rums can fit into the economic landscape. The course will offer a great combination of theory and practice, making it the ideal learning tool for anyone whose livelihood will depend on their ability to properly produce and commercialize excellent rums.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by March 6, 2016 for 5 nights at the Brown Hotel included with tuition.
Check-in date: 4/10/16, check-out date: 4/15/16

- April 11-15, 2016 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Route To Market Workshop

May 26-27, 2016

$1895.00 per Student

Route To Market Workshop

$1895.00 per Student

Limit 15

Which comes first: the product or the brand? In this two-day workshop, you will study the considerations and strategies for building your brand, taking your product to market, and planning for growth in the future. This class is entirely focused on the business, branding, and marketing of your brand and line of products. You will learn how to think long term so that you and your brand are successful while maximizing growth opportunities. From spirit trend analysis to distributor selection, you will come away with the key strategies to build brand loyalty and sustain your business.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by May 5, 2016 for 2 nights at the Brown Hotel included with tuition.
Check-in date: 5/25/16, check-out date: 5/27/16

- May 26-27, 2016 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Scotch Workshop

September 19-20, 2016

$1995.00 per Student

Scotch Workshop

$1995.00 per Student

Limit 15

Join us for this two-day intermediate workshop developed to discover the many possibilities of what scotch has been historically, and what it can be today. Explore the different techniques used to make specialized, one-of-a-kind scotch. Try your hand at blending whiskys to match a flavor profile.

Class size will be limited to 15 attendees to ensure ample opportunity for hands-on learning.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by August 29, 2016 for 2 nights at the Brown Hotel included with tuition.
Check-in date: 9/18/16, check-out date: 9/20/16

- September 19-20, 2016 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Advanced Courses

Distilling Operations 201

June 8-10, 2016

$4995.00 per Student

Distilling Operations 201

$4995.00 per Student

Limit 10

ADVANCED CLASS: PREREQUISITE REQUIRED
Completed 5-Day Distiller Course or valid DSP required to take this course.

This three-day advanced course is for distillers who understand the basics and are looking for in-depth instruction on day-to-day craft-distillery operations. Led by two industry veterans with over 50 years of combined operations experience, attendees will examine the entire production process from start to finish. Equipment selection and maintenance, best practices for distillate production, product development and evaluation techniques, post-distillation processing, blending and bottling, sanitation and safety will all be covered in detail.

This class is not for beginners. As such, the pre-requisite for attendance is Moonshine University's 5-day Distiller Course or proof of attendees valid DSP. Class size will be limited to 10 attendees to ensure ample opportunity for hands-on learning.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by May 18, 2016 for 3 nights at the Brown Hotel included with tuition.
Check-in date: 6/7/15, check-out date: 6/10/15

- June 8-10, 2016 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Botanicals Workshop

July 18-20, 2016

$3495.00 per Student

Botanicals Workshop

$3495.00 per Student

Limit 15

Botanical spirits are experiencing a booming renaissance. Using a broad palette of botanicals and styles, craft distillers are creating unique expressions that not only stand out on the shelf, but don't have to spend years in a barrel to do so.

Join us for this three-day intermediate workshop focusing on botanically-based spirits. Explore the history, production methods, and distillation processes of gins, absinthes, and amaros while you learn about mash bills, maceration, and filtration.

Class size will be limited to 15 attendees to ensure ample opportunity for hands-on learning.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by June 27, 2016 for 3 nights at the Brown Hotel included with tuition.
Check-in date: 7/17/15, check-out date: 7/20/15

- July 18-20, 2016 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Advanced Sensory Training: The Analysis and Deconstruction of Distilled Spirits

August 8-9, 2016

$2495.00 per Student

Advanced Sensory Training: The Analysis and Deconstruction of Distilled Spirits

$2495.00 per Student

Limit 20

ADVANCED CLASS:
Distillate production knowledge assumed.

COURSE OVERVIEW

This two day course thoroughly examines the use of sensory analysis methods in distillate production, product development, and quality control. Both days will contain a theoretical as well as a practical component whereby participants will take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in a lab setting.

STRUCTURE
Classroom Instruction
Sensory training practicum in laboratory setting

COURSE OBJECTIVES

To train participants in sensory analysis methods to enable them to find faults, troubleshoot, and develop consistent, quality products. To coach participants through demonstrations and practice to develop a sensory quality control program for their own professional environment.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
Students will understand the interaction between nose, tongue, and brain.
Students will be able to prepare a sensory analysis appropriate for the type of distillate and environment.
Students will be able to distinguish among the different sensory analysis methodologies and know the pros and cons of each.
Students will train to detect the development off flavors and taints during production and find causes, symptoms and remedies.
Students will study technologies used to aid sensory analysis.
Students will practice detecting faults at different thresholds.
Students will learn best practices for developing their own sensory quality control program.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by July 18, 2016 for 2 nights at the Brown Hotel included with tuition.
Check-in date: 8/7/15, check-out date: 8/9/15

- August 8-9, 2016 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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