The company is offering workshops and distiller courses for aspiring craft spirits makers. From the press release:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2014) — Educational distillery Moonshine University at Distilled Spirits Epicenter in Louisville has opened enrollment for 2015 workshops and distiller courses with offerings for spirits aficionados of all levels. Aspiring craft spirits makers (from gin to whiskey, absinthe and rum) and bourbon enthusiasts are invited to visit their classroom for a hands-on learning experience into the ins and outs of the beverage industry. For more information or to register for a course, visit moonshineuniversity.com, call (502) 301-8126 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Entrepreneurs have come from all over the world to take our distiller courses,” said owner David Dafoe. “Many of our graduates are already successful showing there is no better place to learn how to break into the spirits business than Moonshine University.”
New offerings for 2015 include the most extensive course yet on rum production taught by Rum University president Luis Ayala alongside Moonshine University experts; an advanced sensory training program to fine tune the senses to create great spirits; and expanded workshops on gin making, fermentation and distillery operations. A new partnership with Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) will allow students to earn college credit working toward a business degree by taking the 5-Day Distiller Course. To receive 5 credit hours in Business Management from JCTC, students must contact Moonshine University to connect with a representative from the college and enroll for an additional fee of $755.
Distilled Spirits Epicenter is the exclusive education provider of the Kentucky Distillers Association. Comprised of Grease Monkey Distillery, Moonshine University and Challenge Bottling, the Epicenter makes it possible for anyone to create and explore the possibilities in artisanal spirits through professional and enthusiast learning. Moonshine University is located at 801 S. 8th St.
The Moonshine University 2015 schedule includes:
Enthusiast Workshops ($395)
From mashing to making cuts, students explore time-honored traditions, science, and modern methods of distilling for a unique, hands-on distilling experience in this day-long beginner’s workshop.
Feb. 20 Bourbon Making Workshop
June 29 Bourbon Making Workshop
Distiller Workshops ($1,495 to $1,995)
Professional workshops offer specialized instruction in various areas of distillate production, business management and industry best practices.
Feb 23-24 Fermentation Workshop
March 19-20 Gin Workshop
TBA Route to Market Workshop
April 13-14 Advanced Sensory Training
May 18-19 The Ins & Outs of Distillery Operations
June 15-16 Rum Workshop
July 27-28 Experimental Whiskey Workshop
Nov. 9-10 Absinthe Workshop
Distiller Courses ($5,495 to $5,950)
Professional distiller courses are designed to give the most comprehensive technical training and business management education in the industry. These are the first distillery workshops in the United States to offer college credit.
Jan. 19-23 5-Day Distiller Course (sold out)
Feb. 2-6 5-Day Rum Course
March 23-27 5-Day Distiller Course
July 13-17 5-Day Distiller Course
Oct. 19-23 5-Day Distiller Course