Distilled Spirits Epicenter serves as an education center, training facility and artisan distillery focused on the development of custom spirits. It is comprised of Grease Monkey Distillery, Moonshine University and Challenge Bottling and provides hands-on distilling instruction, expert-led courses and bottling services. Sister company to Flavorman, an international full-service beverage development and ingredient supply company, the Epicenter claims no trademark on its creations, making each project entirely the property of the client. Since its opening, Distilled Spirits Epicenter has conducted a series of Bourbon Enthusiast classes and two five-day Distiller Courses aimed at spirits entrepreneurs.
A success story that has come out of Distilled Spirits Epicenter is the Peerless Distilling Company, which is set to open in downtown Louisville in March 2014. Corky Taylor and his son Carson are behind the endeavor, and Carson learned the production and business aspects of the industry by attending Moonshine University. Peerless Distilling began doing business in Henderson, Ky., in the late 1800s under the ownership of Corky Taylor’s great-grandfather, Henry Kraver and closed in the mid-20th century. Initially, the company will bottle and sell its moonshine product as it works toward developing a four year old Peerless bourbon, and ultimately, a premium, small-batch bourbon to be branded “Henry Kraver.” This is exactly the kind of bourbon culture preservation and revitalization that Moonshine University enables by providing the educational background for entrepreneurs.
Located at 801 S. 8th St., Distilled Spirits Epicenter consists of Grease Monkey Distillery, Moonshine University and Challenge Bottling and offers educational and training resources focusing on artisan spirits. Through hands-on distilling instruction, classes and bottling services, the Epicenter brings Kentucky’s unique distilling legacy to life. Distilled Spirits Epicenter is the sister company to Flavorman, an international custom beverage development and ingredient supply company. Flavorman’s Beverage Architects and the Epicenter’s team of distilling consultants can take your idea through every phase of beverage development and production...from start through finish. For more information, visit www.flavorman.com and www.ds-epicenter.com.