As craft distilling has gained steam, so have the educational opportunities. One good choice is Moonshine University in Louisville. Right downtown, you get hands-on instruction in distilling while enjoying everything else Louisville has to offer. Not just for distillers, Moonshine University also has courses for whiskey enthusiasts who want an educational immersion experience.
Moonshine University is part of the Distilled Spirits Epicenter, located at 801 S. 8th St. in downtown Louisville. It also hosts Grease Monkey Distillery and Challenge Bottling. "Through hands-on distilling instruction, classes and bottling services, the Epicenter brings Kentucky’s unique distilling legacy to life," is what they say about themselves.
The Distilled Spirits Epicenter is the exclusive education provider to the Kentucky Distillers Association and a sister company to Flavorman, an international custom beverage development and ingredient supply company. If you have a new product idea, Flavorman’s Beverage Architects and the Epicenter’s team of distilling consultants can take it through every phase of beverage development and production. “After taking our five-day distiller courses, our graduates are asking for continued learning in the field to specialize and grow as spirits makers,” said owner David Dafoe. “As one of the nation’s only educational distilleries, Distilled Spirits Epicenter uses our time-tested knowledge and wealth of industry resources to add workshops to help these up-and-coming brands succeed.”
Here are some of the classes offered by Moonshine University. Call 502-301-8126 for more information.
Enthusiast Workshops ($395 to $795)
June 29 -- Bourbon Making Workshop
July 6 -- Bourbon Certification Workshop for Stave & Thief Society
Aug. 17-18 -- Interacting with History: Hands on Distilling and the History of Bourbon
Aug. 21 -- Bourbon Making Workshop
Nov. 2 -- Bourbon Certification Workshop for Stave & Thief Society
Dec. 4 -- Bourbon Making Workshop
Distiller Workshops ($1,795 to $4,995)
June 15-16 -- Rum Workshop
July 27-28 -- Experimental Whiskey Workshop
Aug. 3-4 -- Advanced Sensory Training: The Organoleptic Analysis of Distilled Spirits
Aug. 31-Sep. 1 -- Gin Workshop
Sept. 14-15 -- Route to Market Workshop
Nov. 4-6 -- Distilling Operations 201
Nov. 9-10 -- Absinthe Workshop
Distiller Courses ($5,495 to $5,950)
July 13-17 -- 5-Day Distiller Course
Oct. 5-9 -- 5-Day Rum Course
Oct. 19-23 -- 5-Day Distiller Course