Tequila, Mezcal, & Agave Spirits Workshop

Course Overview

In recent years, one of the largest gains in global beverage alcohol consumption has been in the agave spirits category. With significant growth projected for the next half decade, this new development in consumer tastes comes with huge potential for distillers looking to stay ahead of the curve.

In our hands-on, two-day workshop, we’ll explore the ancient agave plant, examining the differences between tequila, mezcal, and other agave-based spirits. From harvest to cooking, pressing, and distillation, we’ll cover the nuanced styles, production techniques, and distilling methods for preparing the agave plant, which yields such stunning and complex spirits. Students will also get to practice hands-on distilling of an agave spirit in our hand-made Filipino still, as well as experience source material tasting, category and sensory training, and more.


Who this class is for

Whether you’re a seasoned distiller or newbie to the business, this class is for anyone who has or is planning to open and/or operate a distillery; non-traditional agave spirit makers; professionals working with spirits in the hospitality sector; or anyone else seeking to refine their knowledge of agave spirits.


What You’ll Learn

In addition to gaining valuable insights on botanical spirits production, we’ll take an in-depth look at:

  • History & Classifications of Agave/Agave Spirits
  • Growing
  • Harvest
  • Roasting/Cooking
  • Fermenting
  • Distilling
  • Aging
  • Hands-on distilling of agave syrup spirit
  • Sensory training


Your Instructors

This course is taught by Kobe Desmet, Brand Ambassador at Tequila Fortaleza. Kobe Desmet is a Belgian that made agave his life and passion. He became a spirits importer and ambassador after 10 years of working behind the bar. As he learned more about every category of spirits, he became intrigued with agave and agave spirits in general. Kobe learned as much as possible about the plant, the history, the production process, and all the beverages made from agave. This resulted in receiving a Tequila Maestro Diploma from the CRT (Consejo Regulador del Tequila), writing a book (Tequila & Mezcal: The Complete Guide), and ultimately moving to Mexico to be fully submerged into the world of Agave. Now living in Guadalajara, Kobe is frequently traveling across Mexico to learn even more about this mystical plant, the value it has for the population, and the final products you can obtain with it.


Get Your Class On

Tuition includes all class materials; breakfast, lunch, and refreshments; and transportation between our contracted hotel and our campus. $2,495

**Early Bird Registration covers your stay at our contracted hotel from the night before Day 1 to the last day of class. The Early Bird deadline is 3 weeks before the first day of class.


About Moonshine University

Founded in 2012, Moonshine University is the nation’s premier educational distillery. Our facility was created from the ground up to teach new distillers how to get started in the industry, and to teach professional team members how to elevate key aspects of their craft and boost sales. Combining classroom instruction with practical, hands-on learning and sensory training, Moonshine University attracts people from all over the world, ensuring every attendee leaves with a complete and comprehensive education and skill set applicable to a variety of spirits and industry related areas.

In 2013, The Kentucky Distillers’ Association made Moonshine University their exclusive education provider. With the support of some of the industry’s leading institutions and distilleries, you can be sure that taking a class at Moonshine University will be worth the investment.

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