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Professionalize your passion for whiskey. Become a Bourbon Steward with the official certification program of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA). Learn about the Stave & Thief Society where you'll re-discover America’s native spirit, then share your knowledge with the world.

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Bourbon Certification

The Stave & Thief Society

This program is where the enthusiast and professional alike can come and heighten their knowledge and sensory skills in all things bourbon. This program is where you can expand your horizons through study and testing and then go forth to help educate the world about the wonders of bourbon.

Professionalize your passion for whiskey. Become a Bourbon Steward with the official certification program endorsed by the bourbon industry. Experience a deep dive in all things bourbon from production to sensory, from label requirements to history.

Stave & Thief Society offers Basic and Executive Bourbon Certifications, as well as packages so that your entire establishment can call themselves bourbon stewards.

On your journey, you can show off your tasting skills, wield your challenge coins, and use the provided sensory kit to hone your ability to identify subtle aromas.


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Discovery Channel's Moonshiners Visit Moonshine University

Discovery Channel's Moonshiners Visit Moonshine University

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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

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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

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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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