Brandy Workshop

Course Overview

It’s all about brandy in this two-day workshop. Join Matt Strickland and Moonshine University for this unique opportunity to explore all aspects of this special spirit, from the fruit chosen to the maturation process, and every step in between. This class will prepare you for the art form that is brandy distillation.


What You’ll Learn

  • Introduction, history, new world spirits revolution
  • Fruit & Terroir: the importance of quality ingredients be it grapes, apples, cherries, ect., vineyard management, micro-climates, varietal selection, harvest (care, sugar level), vinifications (temp, yeast, lees, conservation of the wines), defects
  • Alambic pot still: why an alambic? construction, description of all the parts ,slow distillation
  • 1st distillation: timing, temperature, fractions: heads, brouillis, tails, the importance of the cuts
  • 2nd distillation: timing, temperature, fractions: heads, EDV, seconds, tails
  • distillery organization
  • Maturation of spirits: Oak, seasoning, barrel construction, storage, blending, fortifications and more


Who This Class Is For

Whether you’re a seasoned distiller or newbie to the business, this class is for anyone who wants the knowledge necessary to distill quality brandy, using quality source materials and equipment.


Your Instructor

This course is taught by Matt Strickland, Head Distiller at Distillerie Cote des Saints and author of Cask Management for Distillers and Batch Distillation: Science and Practice.


Get Your Class On

Tuition includes all class materials; breakfast, lunch, and refreshments; and transportation between our contracted hotel and our campus. $1,995

**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.



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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