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6-Day Distiller Course

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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.

Upcoming Dates:
  • January 19-24, 2020
  • April 19-24, 2020
  • July 26-31, 2020
  • October 18-23, 2020

Whisk(e)y Workshop

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Become a whiskey connoisseur with this two-day intermediate workshop examining everything whiskey! We’ll cover a wide variety of classifications, detailing the individual distillate components and production processes for each, standards of identity, and relationship to other whiskeys. Students will also receive an in-depth understanding of whiskey production and maturation. Hands-on, small-scale product development with table-top distillation allows participants to experiment further with these processes before moving onto the larger equipment in our distillery. Finally, we'll return to our roots by examining the history of whiskey, before discussing the best ways to guide consumers through an informative and engaging sensory evaluation of this versatile spirit.

Upcoming Dates:
  • June 4-5, 2020
  • November 12-13, 2020

Route to Market Workshop

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You’ve got whiskey, now what? For small entrepreneurs in any industry, getting into the marketplace has always been a challenge. Our two-day workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skill set you need to be successful introducing your spirit to the masses. Whether you’re making whiskey, rum, brandy, or another beverage alcohol, this panel of professionals will dig into some of the techniques, methodologies, mistakes, and secrets they’ve uncovered during their time in the industry: learn how to compete with the big guys, maximize a minimal budget, and successfully build your brand on your terms.

Upcoming Dates:
  • August 24-25, 2020

5-Day Rum Course

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Moonshine University has joined forces with The Rum University to offer the most comprehensive rum training in the world. Designed for both existing and future rum distillers and brand owners, this 5-Day course combines theory and practice to provide attendees with a practical, hands-on education on all things rum. From the financial, marketing, and regulatory considerations to the distillation, aging, and blending processes, every student will leave this course with a nuanced understanding of rum production, the spirits business, and how rum fits into the global, economic landscape.

Upcoming Dates:
  • March 2-6, 2020

Fermentation Workshop

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Fermentation is the conversion of sugars into alcohol. In the spirits business, alcohol is synonymous with money. which means the success of your finished product will rely on the efficiency of your the fermentation process. This course shows students how to perfect that process, covering a variety of key fermentation considerations and best practices. We'll explore everything from the microbiology and cultivation of yeast, to the stages of its life cycle, paying special attention to how different variables affect the quality and consistency of fermentation in spirits production.

Upcoming Dates:
  • March 12-13, 2020

Nosing for Faults: Advanced Sensory Analysis

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Master the skills required to take your products to the next level of consistency and quality. In this hands-on, two-day course combining theory with practice, attendees will examine the use of sensory analysis methods in distillate production, product development, and quality control. By the end of this section, you’ll have the knowledge and skill set needed to confidently sniff out problems in your own distillery, troubleshoot causes, and implement solutions that may end up saving your next production from disaster.

Upcoming Dates:
  • May 4-5, 2020

Distilling Operations Course

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Prepare to absorb two lifetimes of knowledge in a fraction of the time. Master your craft with this one-of-a-kind, three-day advanced course designed for distillers ready to take a deeper dive into distillery engineering and operations. Led by two industry veterans with over 70 years of combined operations experience, attendees will examine the entire production process from start to finish. Equipment selection, maintenance and troubleshooting, 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.

Upcoming Dates:
  • March 9-11, 2020
  • June 1-3, 2020
  • November 9-11, 2020

Gin, Absinthe, & Amari: Botanical Spirits Workshop

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As of 2018, gin is the leading growth category in beverage alcohol, worldwide. Using a broad palette of botanicals and styles, craft distillers are creating unique expressions of gins, absinthes, and amari that stand out on the shelf without needing to spend years in a barrel. Our hands-on, three-day advanced workshop will focus on the art of botanical spirit production, sensory training, and an examination of individual essences. We’ll explore history, category styles, production methods, and distillation processes, as well as botanical mash bills, maceration, filtration, and finishing. Students will also get to practice hands-on distilling of a botanical spirit, scaling up from compounding to a table-top still and finishing with a 50-gallon still.

Upcoming Dates:
  • July 6-8, 2020

Age-ucation: Barrel Aging Workshop

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For distillers, aging alcohol to get the flavor and consistency you desire can take decades of trial and error, which can be both frustrating and expensive. That's why we’ve partnered with our friends at Independent Stave Company and for a two-day experience unlike any other. With 30 experimental barrels and 9 hands-on experiments, attendees of our Age-ucation Workshop will get to access exclusive GC data and explore aging variables like entry proof, toast and char profiles, wood species, bottle soaks, and more.

Upcoming Dates:
  • May 7-8, 2020

Bourbon Making Workshop

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Fall in love with Kentucky’s signature spirit in this day-long workshop, which combines classroom instruction with hands-on bourbon distilling. With a strong focus on production, students will get to delve deeper into the nuanced styles and processes involved in the bourbon making craft. 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.

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WSET Level 2 Spirits Certification

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Conducted by Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and hosted by Moonshine University, this special course is ideal for individuals who wish to deepen their understanding of spirits and liqueurs in an informative and structured manner. This course involves two full days of classroom study followed by a 1-hour multiple choice examination on the morning of day 3.

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