Barrel Aging Workshop

Course Overview

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. But we’re here to change all of that with our Age-ucation Workshop, featuring 30 experimental barrels and 9 hands-on experiments that will let you taste the effects of variables like entry proof, toast and char profiles, wood species, bottle soaks, and more. Students also receive valuable insights on whiskey maturation, barrel performance, and alternative barrel construction.

In addition to spending time with experts on warehouse management and flavor mapping, students will also receive GC data for all factors covered in the course, providing a valuable resource to pair with your newfound knowledge of aging and maturation.

By the time you complete this class you’ll have a much clearer understanding of how you’ll want to approach aging your spirits, which makes this an investment that will not only save you time, but potentially tens of thousands of dollars.


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; production team members (blenders) and warehouse managers; and others interested in refining their knowledge of spirits maturation.


Your Instructors

This class is taught by Andrew Wiehebrink, Director of Spirits Research & Innovation at Independent Stave Company; and Gregg Snyder, CEO of Distilled Spirits Consulting.


What You’ll Learn

In addition to gaining valuable insights on whiskey maturation, barrel performance, and alternative barrel construction, we’ll take an in-depth look at:

  • Warehousing;
  • Logistics;
  • Flavor Development;
  • Product Consistency;
  • Entry Proof;
  • Toast & Char Profiles;
  • Bottle Soaks;
  • Wood Species;
  • Gas Chromatography.


Get Your Class On

This class is limited to 20 students to ensure a hands-on learning experience for all. Tuition includes all class materials; breakfast, lunch, and refreshments; and transportation between our contracted hotel and our campus. $1,495

**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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