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Distilling Operations + Whisk(e)y Workshop Combo


Spend a week in Louisville learning from the industry’s finest. Dive deep into the production side by starting off with three days of advanced training in distillery engineering and operations. Finally, round out your week with a two-day crash course on all things whiskey. Don’t miss this chance to double your gains!

About Part I: Distilling Operations Course

Prepare to absorb two lifetimes of knowledge in a fraction of the time. Master your craft with this one-of-a-kind, three-day advanced course designed for distillers ready to take a deeper dive into distillery engineering and operations.

Tap into over 70 years of combined operations experience as the best mentors in the business lead you through the nuances of the entire production process, from boiler to bottling.

Attendees will get to test their knowledge at our on-campus distillery, covering everything from equipment selection, maintenance, and troubleshooting, to best practices in distillate production and product development. We’ll also walk you through energy, resource, and production calculations, proofing and gauging methods, and a live breakdown of distillery site plans. You can also count on exploring evaluation techniques and post-distillation processing, blending, barreling, and bottling procedures.

About Part II: Whisk(e)y Workshop

Become a whiskey connoisseur with this two-day intermediate workshop examining everything whiskey! We’ll cover a wide variety of classifications – including Irish, Scotch, Canadian, American, and even new craft whiskeys made from non-traditional grains – detailing the individual distillate components and production processes for each, standards of identity, and relationship to other whiskeys.

Students will also receive an in-depth understanding of whiskey production, including malting, smoking, mashing, fermenting, traditional and alternative aging techniques, and making cuts. Hands-on, small-scale product development with table-top distillation allows participants to experiment further with these processes before moving onto the larger equipment in our distillery. Finally, we’ll return to our roots by examining the history of whiskey, before discussing the best ways to guide consumers through an informative and engaging sensory evaluation of this versatile spirit.

Who this class is for

This class is for anyone who has or is planning to open and/or operate a distillery; or distillers ready to take a deeper dive into distillery engineering and operations, with a focus on all things whisk(e)y.

Your instructors

This class is taught by Pete Kamer, Principal of Distillery Engineering; Randy Allender, Owner and Manager at R. Allender Consulting; and Matt Strickland, Head Distiller at Distillerie Cote des Saints and Founding Distiller of District Distilling Co.

What you’ll learn

In addition to gaining valuable insights on best practices in distillery operations. engineering, and whiskey production, we’ll take an in-depth look at:

  • Equipment Selection, Maintenance & Troubleshooting;
  • Energy, Resource & Production Calculations;
  • Proofing and Gauging Methods;
  • Distillery Site Plans;
  • Evaluation Techniques;
  • Post-distillation Processing;
  • Blending, Barreling & Bottling Procedures;
  • Whisk(e)y Classifications & Standards of Identity;
  • Whisk(e)y History;
  • Individual Grain & Distillate Evaluation;
  • Production Methods & Styles;
  • Malting, Smoking & Mashing;
  • Fermenting, Cuts & Finishing;
  • Traditional & Alternative Aging;
  • Table-top & Production-scale Distillation;
  • Sensory Training & Analysis;
  • Guiding Consumers Through Sensory Evaluation.

Get your class on

To ensure ample opportunity for hands-on learning, space is limited, so be sure to register soon and reserve your spot!

Tuition includes your 5-day stay at our contracted hotel; all class materials; breakfast, lunch, and refreshments; an invite to First Round at The Brown networking event; and transportation between our contracted hotel and our campus. $6,000

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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