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Fresh off an appearance on the Discovery Channel’s Moonshiners, Louisville’s own Moonshine University is adding a few more classes. Because making whiskey isn’t as simple as it looks, Flavorman offers the state-of-the-art educational distillery, where visitors can study the methods used to derive, hone, and layer flavors.

And because it is illegal to distill alcohol without a permit, the Season 3 opener of Moonshiners on November 5 had one star leaving to go “legit,” and two others traveling to Louisville to spend some time with the experts.

Josh and Bill, who hail from the Carolinas, spent a day soaking up advice from the knowledgeable instructors at Moonshine U — and you can, too (overalls optional).

About Moonshine University’s 6-Day Distiller Course

Join 30+ industry experts under one roof for an intensive, practical, and hands-on learning experience unlike any other in the world. This six-day course combines technical spirits training and business management education for start-ups, industry professionals, and enthusiasts looking for a career in the distilling industry. Designed and taught by distillery operators, industry insiders, and world-renowned master distillers, this course exposes attendees to the realities of day-to-day distilling operations – from laying the first brick to getting a finished product on the shelf. Each day will focus on a different set of distilling skills and considerations, complimented by a panel of industry experts who will provide you with their unique insider perspective. Topics will cover everything from developing your business plan and constructing your distillery, to navigating regulatory entities, to developing and marketing your brand story. We’ll also explore equipment selection, manufacturing and distribution channels, financial considerations, and other significant challenges and opportunities in the business.

Of course, you won’t miss out on any of the fun stuff: you’ll get to explore the science of spirits production while getting your hands dirty distilling whiskey, rum, vodka, and gin, exploring bridge spirits at our on-campus lab. We’ll explore the history, category styles, production methods, and distillation processes, as well as mash bills, maceration, fermenting, distilling, and finishing. Tours and networking receptions – including visits to Vendome Copper & Brass Works facility and Copper & Kings Distillery – are scheduled throughout the week to further enrich your professional and learning experiences. In addition to gaining industry and personal connections to last a lifetime, you can look forward to a brief graduation ceremony where you’ll get to bottle the very whiskey you helped create – and toast to a week well spent!

See MU’s full list of course offerings here.

When you’re ready to talk about your idea for a flavored spirit, give us a call at (502) 273-5214 or get started by telling us your story here. To learn more about Flavorman, see our process.


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Written on November 13, 2013.