The Art + Science of Distilling

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Tequila, Mezcal, & Agave Spirits Workshop


Kobe Desmet and Moonshine University instructors

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by June 20, 2019,  for 2 nights at the Brown Hotel included with tuition.
Check-in date: 7/10/19, check-out date: 7/12/19


Tequila. Mezcal. Agave Spirits. What is the difference? Join us to find as we explore one of the most regulated distillates in the world.



What is Agave?

  • History
  • A discourse about the plant and its meaning throughout history.

The different species of Agave

  • Agave Tequilana
  • Agave Angustifolia
  • Agave Americana
  • Agave Karwinskii
  • Agave Durangensis
  • Agave Inaequidens
  • Agave Maximilliana
  • Agave Potatorum
  • Agave Salmiana

Agave Beverages

  • Tequila
  • Mezcal
  • Raicilla
  • Bacanora
  • Pulque
  • Aguamiel
  • Henequen
  • (Sotol)




  • Growing
  • Harvest
  • Roasting/Cooking
    • Oven
    • Pit
    • Diffuser
  • Fermenting
  • Distilling
  • Aging
  • Hands-on distilling of agave syrup spirit
    • Source material tasting
    • Pump to still
    • Heads, hearts, & tails
  • Sensory training
  • Recap on different agave-based beverages, production styles, and differences



  • All class-related materials
  • Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments daily
  • A networking reception, the evening following the first day of class
  • Transportation between the Brown Hotel and Moonshine University

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