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Intro

For enthusiasts, professionals, and those looking to enter the distilling industry.

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Intermediate

Dive into individual topics related to the production and sale of distilled spirits.

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Advanced

Knowledge of distilling is assumed, and in some cases, your DSP may be required.

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Bourbon Making Workshop

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Bourbon Making Workshop


This day-long 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.

5-Day Distiller Course

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5-Day Distiller Course


Over 40 industry experts are brought together under one roof to provide an intensive, practical, hands-on learning experience that combines technical training and business management education for start-ups, industry professionals, and those looking for careers in the distilling industry. This course, designed and taught by distillery operators, industry insiders, and world-renowned master distillers, exposes attendees to the realities of the day-to-day operations from laying the first brick to getting finished product on the shelves. The technical aspects of distillate production are only the beginning. Challenges and opportunities from equipment selection to distribution channels to financial considerations are also explored.

Stave & Thief Society: Executive Bourbon Steward

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Stave & Thief Society: Executive Bourbon Steward


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.

Route to Market Workshop

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Route to Market Workshop


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.

Fermentation Workshop

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Fermentation Workshop


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

Scotch & Malt Whisky Workshop

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Scotch & Malt Whisky Workshop


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

Distilling Operations 201 + Fermentation Workshop Combo

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Distilling Operations 201 + Fermentation Workshop Combo


More Pete, more Randy, more Pat. Get Distilling Operations 201 (normally $4,995) and the Fermentation Workshop (normally $1,995) for the discounted price of $6,000!

Whisk(e)y Workshop

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Whisk(e)y Workshop


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.

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5-Day Rum Course

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5-Day Rum Course


The 5-Day Rum 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.

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Fermentation Workshop + Whisk(e)y Workshop Combo

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Fermentation Workshop + Whisk(e)y Workshop Combo


Get the Fermentation Workshop (normally $1,995) and the Whisk(e)y Workshop (normally $1,995) plus one bonus night at the Brown Hotel for the discounted price of $3,500! (That's an even better deal than in 2016)

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Brandy Workshop

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Brandy Workshop


Master Distiller & Master Blender Hubert Germain-Robin visits Moonshine University for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore everything there is to know about brandy. Start at the farm, walk thru distillation and maturation, and learn how to nose brandy like you've never done before.

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Route to Market Workshop + Distilling Operations 201 Combo

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Route to Market Workshop + Distilling Operations 201 Combo


Get the Route to Market Workshop (normally $1,895) and Distilling Operations 201 (normally $4,995) for the discounted price of $6,000!

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Advanced Sensory Analysis

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Sensory Evaluation
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Advanced Sensory Analysis


Master the skills to take your products to the next level of consistency and quality. 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.

Distilling Operations 201

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Distilling Operations 201


You asked for it, and we’ve delivered: Three days in the distillery with Pete and Randy. 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, 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.

Botanicals Workshop

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Botanicals Workshop


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 advanced 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.

Distilling Operations 201 + Fermentation Workshop Combo

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Distilling Operations 201 + Fermentation Workshop Combo


More Pete, more Randy, more Pat. Get Distilling Operations 201 (normally $4,995) and the Fermentation Workshop (normally $1,995) for the discounted price of $6,000!

Route to Market Workshop + Distilling Operations 201 Combo

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Route to Market Workshop + Distilling Operations 201 Combo


Get the Route to Market Workshop (normally $1,895) and Distilling Operations 201 (normally $4,995) for the discounted price of $6,000!

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