“The course is a terrific foundation for anyone already in the spirits industry or anyone wishing
to enter the industry.” – Tim Shavers, October 2013 Graduate
INSTRUCTORS: Randy Allender, Luis Ayala, Matt Baugher, Steve Beam, Kristin Carlton, Larry Coomes, Greg Davis, Glenn Glaser, Lang Guenther, Dr. Pat Heist, Joe Heron, Paul Johnson, Pete Kamer, Jeff LaHue, Stacy Lauter, Robert Lehrman, Stephen Lukinovich, Dan Matauch, Jim McCoy, Paul McLaughlin, Chris Morris, Cash Moter, Andrew Mueller, Sid Mundkur, Tom Niekamp, Sherman Owen, Joy Perrine, Scott Reid, Rusty Riley, Don Rodgers, Jimmy Russell, Bill Samuels, Jr., Scott Schiller, Mike Sherman, Rob Sherman, Clay Smith, Peggy Noe Stevens, Kris Tatum, Carson Taylor, Paul Tomaszewski, Mary Beth Williams, Chris Zaborowski, Sara Zborovski, as well as Moonshine University and Flavorman instructors.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by December 22, 2017 for 5 nights at the Brown Hotel included with tuition.
Check-in date: 01/14/18, check-out date: 01/19/18
Learn from the best of the best, from distillers of the world’s most successful brands to the owners and operators of the leading craft distilleries. Over 40 industry experts are brought together under one roof to provide an intensive, practical, hands-on learning experience that combines technical training and business management education for start-ups, industry professionals, and those looking for careers in the distilling industry. This course, designed and taught by distillery operators, industry professionals, and master distillers, exposes attendees to the realities of the day-to-day operations from laying the first brick to getting finished product on the shelves. The technical aspects of distillate production are only the beginning. Challenges and opportunities from equipment selection to distribution channels to financial considerations are also explored.
Classroom instruction, coupled with hands-on experience and priceless networking opportunities combine to make our 5-Day Distiller Course the industry’s premier educational event.
Note: Speakers are subject to change due to last minute conflicts. As the exclusive educational member Kentucky Distillers’ Association, we have a pool of top notch industry experts from which to provide any necessary substitutions. We will notify all participants of any changes as soon as possible to the best of our ability.
SUNDAY – SO YOU WANT TO BUILD A DISTILLERY?
This half-day class, starting at 1pm, offers aspiring distillers the opportunity to learn from an experienced distillery construction team. A comprehensive view will be provided by instructors consisting of the architect, general contractor, distillery engineer, key equipment manufacturers, financier, and others. Attendees will receive a detailed timeline, as well as an in-depth perspective of financial considerations, regulatory challenges and construction decision points for the on-time, on-budget construction/renovation of their distillery.
Key Steps & Timeline – Overview of critical decision points, when they should be implemented and their corresponding completion requirements.
Financial Considerations – Comprehensive cost analysis of a recently completed, fully-operational, craft distillery will provide a benchmark for budget development from construction, production and operational considerations.
Construction / Renovation – Moderated panel discussion featuring key stake-holders in the distillery construction process. Important considerations include:
Incentives & Government Support – Identify opportunities to attract state and local government incentives for your distillery, including an explanation of requirements and support materials likely necessary for consideration.
MONDAY – THE FUNDAMENTALS
Breakout Session: Distilling
More intensive study of the science and process of:
Applications include a closer look at distilling, experimenting with yeast, and observing process through a glass still.
Breakout Session: Laboratory
Nuts & Bolts Networking Reception
Enjoy open discussion over hors d’oeuvres and cocktails with colleagues, presenters, vendors and industry VIPs.
TUESDAY- RUM PRODUCTION
TTB Licensing and Compliance
Rum Mash Bill Calculation
Formulation and label approval process.
WEDNESDAY- WHISKEY PRODUCTION
Lunch with a Legend
Sit back and relax while we show you some genuine Kentucky hospitality. Enjoy stories of legendary brands told by the makers themselves. Past speakers include Jimmy Russel, Master Distiller at Wild Turkey, Bill Samuels, Jr., and Greg Davis from Maker’s Mark.
Aging & Mingling
Proofing & Finishing
On & Off Premise Marketing
Networking Reception and Dinner
Cocktails and dinner will provide another excellent opportunity for attendees, presenters and honored guests to enjoy informal conversation and build valuable relationships.
THURSDAY – VODKA & GIN PRODUCTION
Artisan Distiller Panel
Presentations and Q&A with craft distillers and distillery owners
Vodka & Gin Sensory Evaluation
A field trip to tour the largest distilling equipment manufacturer in the United States.
FRIDAY- BRANDING, SALES & MARKETING
Branding, Sales & Marketing
Case Study: Route to Market
Step by step: taking a new brand to market
Packaging & Closures
Closing Remarks, Diplomas & Gifts
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