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Moonshine University

6-Day Distiller Course


This fully immersive 6-day course exposes the realities of day-to-day distilling while also taking you through the journey of the craft – from laying the first brick to getting a finished bottle on the shelf. The material is designed and taught by 40+ master distillers, industry insiders, and renowned operators of some of the most legendary brands. It doesn’t get much better than this!

Analytical Testing

Bourbon Certification


Custom Education

My Craft Distillery

Product Development

Sensory Evaluation

Who This Class Is For

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Newbies to the Industry & Enthusiasts

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Distillery Owners & Operators

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Production Team Members

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Vendors in the Distillery Industry

6-Day Distiller Course

Course Overview

Embark on an immersive learning journey unlike any other, led by 40+ industry experts for a practical experience that seamlessly integrates technical spirits training with business management education. Each segment of this six-day experience explores a distinct set of distilling skills, complemented by expert panels offering unique insider perspectives. Topics span business plan development, distillery construction, regulations, marketing, equipment, manufacturing, distribution, finances, and other industry challenges and opportunities.

Amid the hands-on distillation of spirits, participants delve into the science of spirits production, examining mash bills, maceration, fermenting, and finishing at the on-campus beverage development lab. Tours and networking receptions, including visits to local distilleries, further enrich the week, forging professional and personal connections to last a lifetime. The course’s culmination includes a brief graduation ceremony, allowing participants to bottle the whiskey they helped create and raise a toast to a week well spent.

What You'll Learn

In addition to gaining valuable insights on the distilling process and the industry as a whole, we’ll go into depth on:

  • Site selection & construction
  • Equipment selection
  • Permitting & compliance
  • Production — rum, whiskey, vodka & gin
  • Aging & finishing
  • Distillery best practices
  • Bridge spirits
  • Business management
  • Branding & marketing
  • Packaging
  • Manufacturing, distribution, & retail

What's Included

Tuition includes all class materials, including a 1,000-page resource binder and Distiller’s Sensory Kit; breakfast, lunch, and refreshments; attendance to exclusive tours and networking receptions throughout the week; and transportation between our contracted hotel and our campus.

**Early Bird Registration covers your stay at our contracted hotel from Day 1 to the last day of class. The Early Bird deadline is 3 weeks before the first day of class.

High Proof Education

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195 Distilleries Launched

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46 Classes Taught

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Over 70 Industry Expert Presenters

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Expert-led courses for veteran industry professionals, newcomers, and aspiring distilled spirits entrepreneurs alike.

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