5-Day Rum Course – March 2-6, 2020


EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by January 27, 2020, and get your 4-night stay at our contracted hotel included with tuition. Check-in 3/2/20, check-out 3/6/20.

Course Overview

Moonshine University has joined forces with The Rum University to offer the most comprehensive rum training in the world. Designed for both existing and future rum distillers and brand owners, this 5-Day course combines theory and practice to provide attendees with a practical, hands-on education on all things rum. From the financial, marketing, and regulatory considerations to the distillation, aging, and blending processes, every student will leave this course with a nuanced understanding of rum production, the spirits business, and how rum fits into the global, economic landscape.

Of course, you won’t miss out on any of the fun stuff: you’ll get to explore the science of rum production while getting your hands dirty distilling at our on-campus facilities. We’ll also explore the history, category styles, and production methods for rum, as well as its mash bills, fermenting, distilling, and finishing processes. With rum tastings and sensory training sessions set up throughout the week, you’ll discover a variety of rum expressions and styles, and get a feel for the versatility of this delightful spirit.

Perks include a private tour of Kelvin Cooperage and a networking reception, scheduled throughout the week to further enrich your professional and learning experiences, and forge industry and personal connections to last a lifetime.


Who This Class Is For

Whether you’re a seasoned rum 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 anyone else interested in refining their knowledge of rum production.


Your Instructors

This class is co-taught by Luis and Margaret Ayala, Co-Founders of The Rum University and Got Rum Magazine.


What You’ll Learn

In addition to gaining valuable insights on the world of rum, we’ll take an in-depth look at:

    • The Art of Rum Making;
    • Sensory Training;
    • Classifications of Rum;
    • Production Methods & Styles;
    • Mashbills & Fermentation;
    • Rum Distillation, Blending, Aging & Finishing;
    • History & Science of the Rum Barrel;
    • Financial & Regulatory Considerations;
    • Marketing.


Get Your Class On

Tuition includes all class materials, including a 500-page resource binder; breakfast, lunch, and refreshments; attendance to exclusive tours and networking receptions throughout the week; and transportation between our contracted hotel and our campus. $5,495

**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 5 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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