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Moonshine University

An Industry Leading Resource

Located in the heart of the distilling industry, Moonshine University offers comprehensive distilling education for all levels of knowledge. Each course is led by trusted industry experts specializing in topics like spirit maturation, botanical spirit development, distillery operations, regulatory and compliance management, and much more.

Analytical Testing

Bourbon Certification


Custom Education

My Craft Distillery

Product Development

Sensory Evaluation

Milestones & Recognition

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Grand Opening

Moonshine University welcomes community members, friends and family to the grand opening of our educational distillery.

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Discovery Channel's Moonshiners Visit

Bill and Josh of the hit TV show Moonshiners visit to learn about legal distilling and flavored moonshine products from Flavorman.

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Jimmy Russel teaches barrel aging.

The First 6-Day Distiller Course

The first edition of the 6-Day Distiller Course.

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The First Stave and Thief Society Course

Members of the Louisville hospitality industry attend the first Stave and Thief Society Executive Bourbon Steward training.

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Our 500th Attendee!

We welcomed our 500th attendee to our campus.

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ADI Lifetime Achievement

Flavorman founder David Dafoe has been recognized by the American Distilling Institute for his "outstanding contribution to distilling.

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Our 1,000th Attendee!

Our 1,000 attendee joins us for a 6-Day Distiller Course.

Pete Kamer and Colin Blake posing with award

Pete Kamer Inducted Into Bourbon Hall of Fame

6-Day Distiller Course and Distilling Operations instructor, Pete Kamer, is inducted into the Bourbon Hall of Fame.

We've got the proof

10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirits logo3 Floyds Brewing logoAngels Envy logoBardstown Bourbon Company logoBelfour Spirits logoGolden Beaver Distillery logoGreen River Distilling logoLog Still logoLuca Mariano logoLux Row Distillers logoNew Glarus Brewing Co. logoOld Dominick Distillery logoPeerless logoRabbit Hole logoSagamore Spirit logoSt. Augustine Distillery logoSugarlands Distilling Company logoUncle Nearest logoWhiskey Thief Distilling Co. logoYou & Yours Distilling Co. logo

Our Faculty

The Best in the Business

Colin Blake Headshot


Director of Spirits Education, Moonshine University

Pete Kamer in front of a still


Principal, Distillery Engineering, Barton Brands (Retired)

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Commercial Insurance Producer, The Underwriters Group

Mary Beth Williams in front of still


President, Williams Compliance

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Creative Director - Environments, Contagious

Jeremy Dever in front of a still


VP of Operations, TSS Brands, LLC

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Master Distiller & Director of Engineering, Alltech

Caleb Kilburn in rickhouse


Master Distiller, Eastern Light Distilling

Molly Wellman in front of a still


Co-Owner, Wellmann's Brands

Chris Morris holding a glass of whiskey


Master Distiller, Woodford Reserve Distillery

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Team Members

Moonshine's World-Class Team

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Director of Spirits Education

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Distillery Operations Manager

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Class Coordinator

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Explore Our Beverage Campus


At its core, Flavorman provides turnkey solutions in product development, reformulation, analytical testing and small scale production, developing solutions for your beverage requirements.

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Moonshine University is the nation’s premier educational distillery and the exclusive provider for the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. Located in the heart of Bourbon Country, Louisville KY.

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Stave & ThiefSociety

Stave & Thief Society is the first bourbon certification program recognized by the bourbon industry and the only to be recognized by the Kentucky Distillers Association as its 'Official Bourbon Education Course.'

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News & Blog

Taste Of The Latest

Discovery Channel's Moonshiners Visit Moonshine University

Discovery Channel's Moonshiners Visit Moonshine University


Moonshiners Josh and Bill came to Louisville, Kentucky to learn how we do it at Moonshine University. They also came to sample flavored moonshine at Flavorman.

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The 10 Common Congeners For Spirit Sensory


Those that are familiar with the process of crafting distilled spirits may also be familiar with the 10 common congeners that are created during fermentation, and honed during the distillation run. Each congener has its own distinct personality, rendering unique tastes and aromas to the finished spirit.

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Choosing the Right Mill for Your Craft Distillery


So, you want to start distilling with freshly milled grain. Maybe you’re tired of paying top dollar for the pre-milled stuff from the malt distributor, and you’re ready to invest in the quality, efficiency, and bulk pricing that comes with milling your own whole grain. But where do you start?

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