“The course is a terrific foundation for anyone already in the spirits industry or anyone wishing to enter the industry.” – Tim Shavers, October 2013 Graduate
Randy Allender, Luis Ayala, Dick Barba, Matt Baugher, Steve Beam, Kristin Carlton, David Carpenter, Larry Coomes, Greg Davis, Jason Griffin, Lang Guenther, Dr. Pat Heist, Wes Henderson, Joe Heron, William Hornaday, Paul Johnson, Pete Kamer, Jeff LaHue, Stacy Lauter, Robert Lehrman, Stephen Lukinovich, Dan Matauch, Elizabeth McCall, Jim McCoy, Paul McLaughlin, James Moore, Chris Morris, Cash Moter, Andrew Mueller, Sid Mundkur, Joyce Nethery, Tom Niekamp, Rob Pinson, Scott Reid, Susan Reigler, Rusty Riley, Don Rodgers, Jimmy Russell, Bill Samuels, Jr., Matt Scanlan, Scott Schiller, Leo Sharkey, Mike Sherman, Rob Sherman, Jerry Siegler, Clay Smith, Peggy Noe Stevens, Mary Stone, Matt Strickland, Kris Tatum, Carson Taylor, Justin Thomas, David Timmons, Paul Tomaszewski, Molly Wellmann, Lisa Wicker, Andrew Wiehebrink, Mary Beth Williams, Roger Woods, Chris Zaborowski, Sara Zborovski, as well as Moonshine University and Flavorman instructors.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by the following dates for 5 nights at the Brown Hotel included with tuition
APRIL 6-DAY: Register by March 24th
JULY 6-DAY: Register by June 30th
OCTOBER 6-DAY: Register by September 30th
Learn from the best of the best, from distillers of the world’s most successful brands to the owners and operators of the leading craft distilleries. 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 professionals, and master distillers, exposes attendees to the realities of the day-to-day operations from laying the first brick to getting the 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.
Classroom instruction, coupled with hands-on experience and priceless networking opportunities combine to make our 6-Day Distiller Course the industry’s premier educational event.
Note: Speakers are subject to change due to last minute conflicts. As the exclusive educational member Kentucky Distillers’ Association, we have a pool of top-notch industry experts from which to provide any necessary substitutions. We will notify all participants of any changes as soon as possible to the best of our ability.
This half-day class, starting at 1 pm, offers aspiring distillers the opportunity to learn from an experienced distillery construction team. A comprehensive view will be provided by instructors consisting of the architect, general contractor, distillery engineer, key equipment manufacturers, financier, and others. Attendees will receive a detailed timeline, as well as an in-depth perspective of financial considerations, regulatory challenges, and construction decision points for the on-time, on-budget construction/renovation of their distillery.
Key Steps & Timeline – Overview of critical decision points, when they should be implemented and their corresponding completion requirements.
Financial Considerations – Comprehensive cost analysis of a recently completed, fully-operational, craft distillery will provide a benchmark for budget development from construction, production, and operational considerations.
Construction / Renovation – a Moderated panel discussion featuring key stakeholders in the distillery construction process. Important considerations include:
Incentives & Government Support – Identify opportunities to attract state and local government incentives for your distillery, including an explanation of requirements and support materials likely necessary for consideration.
Breakout Session: Distilling
More intensive study of the science and process of:
Applications include a closer look at distilling, experimenting with yeast, and observing the process through a glass still.
Breakout Session: Laboratory
Nuts & Bolts Networking Reception: Enjoy open discussion over hours d’ oeuvres and cocktails with colleagues, presenters, vendors, and industry VIPs.
TTB Licensing and Compliance
Lunch and Learn: Sit back and relax while we show you some genuine Kentucky hospitality. Enjoy stories of legendary brands told by the makers themselves. (Past speakers include Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller at Wild Turkey, Bill Samuels, Jr., and Greg Davis from Maker’s Mark.)
Aging & Mingling
Proofing & Finishing
On & Off Premise Marketing
Networking Reception and Dinner: Cocktails and dinner will provide another excellent opportunity for attendees, presenters, and honored guests to enjoy informal conversation and build valuable relationships.
Artisan Distiller Panel: Presentations and Q&A with craft distillers and distillery owners
Vodka & Gin Sensory Evaluation
Vendome Tour: A field trip to tour the largest distilling equipment manufacturer in the United States.
Copper & Kings Distillery Tour: A field trip to a unique American Brandy, Absinthe and Gin distillery located in the historic Butchertown neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky.
Branding, Sales & Marketing
Packaging & Closures
Closing Remarks, Diplomas & Gifts
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