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Moonshine University

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801 South 8th Street
Louisville, KY 40203 United States
502-301-8139www.moonshineuniversity.com

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April 2018
$6250

6-Day Distiller Course

April 22April 27

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by April 2, 2018 for 5 nights at the Brown Hotel included with tuition. Check-in date: 04/22/18, check-out date: 04/27/18 COURSE OVERVIEW 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…

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May 2018
$2495

Nosing for Faults: Advanced Sensory Training

May 7May 8

COURSE OVERVIEW Master the skills to take your products to the next level of consistency and quality. This two day course thoroughly examines the use of sensory analysis methods in distillate production, product development, and quality control. Both days will contain a theoretical as well as a practical component whereby participants will take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in a lab setting. STRUCTURE Classroom Instruction Sensory training practicum in laboratory setting COURSE OBJECTIVES To train participants…

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$2495

Ageucation: The Inside Scoop on Oak, Aging, Maturation, and Warehousing

May 10May 11

Oak. Aging. Maturation. Warehousing. You asked for it, we got it! Over the last few years the number one request from our students has been a workshop about oak, aging, and warehousing. And now we have it! We’ve partnered with our friends at Independent Stave Company to put together a class that gives every attendee access to a library of samples and information that you won’t find anywhere else. COURSE OVERVIEW In this class you will explore samples that showcase…

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$500

Stave & Thief Society – Executive Bourbon Steward Training

May 21

COURSE OBJECTIVES To provide a standardized bourbon education, along with the tools and techniques to further participants’ study and understanding of bourbon; to strengthen participants’ skills in guiding their staff in various aspects of Bourbon Stewardship and customer relations; to provide training and materials which will allow participants to develop and expand in-house bourbon programs, and build bourbon lists to grow sales. COURSE DESCRIPTION Bourbon 101 covers the basic history of whiskey in the United States, leading to the evolution of…

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June 2018
$5145

Distilling Operations 201

June 13June 15

COURSE OVERVIEW You asked for it, and we’ve delivered: Three days in the distillery with Pete and Randy. This three-day advanced course is for distillers who understand the basics and are looking for in-depth instruction on day-to-day craft-distillery operations. Led by two industry veterans with over 50 years of combined operations experience, attendees will examine the entire production process from start to finish. Equipment selection, maintenance and troubleshooting, best practices for distillate production, product development and evaluation techniques, post-distillation processing,…

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$500

Stave & Thief Society – Executive Bourbon Steward Training

June 25

COURSE OBJECTIVES To provide a standardized bourbon education, along with the tools and techniques to further participants’ study and understanding of bourbon; to strengthen participants’ skills in guiding their staff in various aspects of Bourbon Stewardship and customer relations; to provide training and materials which will allow participants to develop and expand in-house bourbon programs, and build bourbon lists to grow sales. COURSE DESCRIPTION Bourbon 101 covers the basic history of whiskey in the United States, leading to the evolution of…

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July 2018
$3495

Gin, Absinthe, & Amari: Botanical Spirits Workshop

July 9July 11

COURSE OVERVIEW Botanical spirits are experiencing a booming renaissance. Using a broad palette of botanicals and styles, craft distillers are creating unique expressions that not only stand out on the shelf, but don’t have to spend years in a barrel to do so. Join us for this three-day advanced workshop focusing on botanically-based spirits. Explore the history, production methods, and distillation processes of gins, absinthes, and amaros while you learn about mash bills, maceration, and filtration. STRUCTURE DAY ONE Botanical…

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$1995

Tequila, Mescal, and Agave Spirits Workshop

July 9 @ 9:00 amJuly 10 @ 5:00 pm

COURSE OVERVIEW Mezcal. Tequila. Agave Spirits. What is the difference? Join us to find as we explore one of the most regulated distillates in the world. STRUCTURE DAY ONE What is Agave? History A discourse about the plant and its meaning throughout history. The different species of Agave according to region Agave Tequilana Agave Angustifolia Agave Americana Agave Karwinskii Agave Durangensis Agave Inaequidens Agave Maximilliana Agave Potatorum Agave Salmiana Agave beverages Tequila Mezcal Raicilla Bacanora Pulque Aguamiel Henequen (Sotol)  …

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$6250

6-Day Distiller Course

July 22July 27

COURSE OVERVIEW 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…

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August 2018
$500

Stave & Thief Society – Executive Bourbon Steward Training

August 3

COURSE OBJECTIVES To provide a standardized bourbon education, along with the tools and techniques to further participants’ study and understanding of bourbon; to strengthen participants’ skills in guiding their staff in various aspects of Bourbon Stewardship and customer relations; to provide training and materials which will allow participants to develop and expand in-house bourbon programs, and build bourbon lists to grow sales. COURSE DESCRIPTION Bourbon 101 covers the basic history of whiskey in the United States, leading to the evolution of…

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$1995

Full Proof Business Planning

August 6 @ 8:00 amAugust 8 @ 5:00 pm

COURSE OVERVIEW This new class is a much deeper dive into that critical subject: planning YOUR business. Leo Sharkey and Roger Wood of Echo Chamber Consulting work with both brewers and distillers, helping to plan business launch and growth, and now, they are going to help YOU. Experts in entrepreneurship, best business practices, and anticipating regulatory hurdles, these gentlemen are going to help you put it all on paper, before costly mistakes are made – keeping $$ in your pocket! (For a little while longer, anyway.) STRUCTURE…

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$1895

Route to Market

August 9 @ 9:00 amAugust 10 @ 5:00 pm

COURSE OVERVIEW Getting to the marketplace has always been a challenge for the small entrepreneur in any industry.  Stiff competition, dynamic pricing, global giants and product saturation are only some of the hurdles that are set for the small craft distiller in 2018.  But the good news is this: this is the golden age of whiskey and spirits, at no other time in America’s history has there been so much demand for so many products from so many corners of…

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September 2018
$500

Stave & Thief Society – Executive Bourbon Steward Training

September 7

COURSE OBJECTIVES To provide a standardized bourbon education, along with the tools and techniques to further participants’ study and understanding of bourbon; to strengthen participants’ skills in guiding their staff in various aspects of Bourbon Stewardship and customer relations; to provide training and materials which will allow participants to develop and expand in-house bourbon programs, and build bourbon lists to grow sales. COURSE DESCRIPTION Bourbon 101 covers the basic history of whiskey in the United States, leading to the evolution of…

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October 2018
$1995

Fermentation Workshop

October 1October 2

COURSE OVERVIEW Fermentation is the conversion of sugars into alcohol. In this business, alcohol = money. The success of your finished product relies on the efficiency of the fermentation process. Moonshine University is proud to present this class in conjunction with Wilderness Trail Distillery and Ferm Solutions. Are you converting all your available sugars? Are your yeast happy in the environment you’ve created for them? Is bacteria winning the war in your fermentation tank? Do your yeast grow lethargic and…

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$1995

Brandy Workshop

October 4October 5

COURSE OVERVIEW Learn about all aspects of the brandy making process, including equipment selection, raw material selection, sourcing, processing, fermentation, and distillation.  A wide array of aging and maturation techniques are covered. Proper sensory analysis techniques as well as in-depth discussions about the world’s various brandy traditions and techniques will give students the tools necessary to best approach making a world-class brandy distillate. STRUCTURE Introduction to Brandy What is Brandy? Brandy-styles and TTB definitions Brandy sales trends General Production Principles Raw Materials…

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$500

Stave & Thief Society – Executive Bourbon Steward Training

October 12

COURSE OBJECTIVES To provide a standardized bourbon education, along with the tools and techniques to further participants’ study and understanding of bourbon; to strengthen participants’ skills in guiding their staff in various aspects of Bourbon Stewardship and customer relations; to provide training and materials which will allow participants to develop and expand in-house bourbon programs, and build bourbon lists to grow sales. COURSE DESCRIPTION Bourbon 101 covers the basic history of whiskey in the United States, leading to the evolution of…

Find out more »
$6250

6-Day Distiller Course

October 21October 26

COURSE OVERVIEW 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…

Find out more »
November 2018
$5145

Distilling Operations 201

November 5November 7

COURSE OVERVIEW You asked for it, and we’ve delivered: Three days in the distillery with Pete and Randy. This three-day advanced course is for distillers who understand the basics and are looking for in-depth instruction on day-to-day craft-distillery operations. Led by two industry veterans with over 50 years of combined operations experience, attendees will examine the entire production process from start to finish. Equipment selection, maintenance and troubleshooting, best practices for distillate production, product development and evaluation techniques, post-distillation processing,…

Find out more »
$2495

Age-ucation: The Inside Scoop on Oak, Aging, Maturation, and Warehousing

November 8November 9

Oak. Aging. Maturation. Warehousing. You asked for it, we got it! Over the last few years the number one request from our students has been a workshop about oak, aging, and warehousing. And now we have it! We’ve partnered with our friends at Independent Stave Company to put together a class that gives every attendee access to a library of samples and information that you won’t find anywhere else. COURSE OVERVIEW In this class you will explore samples that showcase…

Find out more »
December 2018
$500

Stave & Thief Society – Executive Bourbon Steward Training

December 14

COURSE OBJECTIVES To provide a standardized bourbon education, along with the tools and techniques to further participants’ study and understanding of bourbon; to strengthen participants’ skills in guiding their staff in various aspects of Bourbon Stewardship and customer relations; to provide training and materials which will allow participants to develop and expand in-house bourbon programs, and build bourbon lists to grow sales. COURSE DESCRIPTION Bourbon 101 covers the basic history of whiskey in the United States, leading to the evolution of…

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