Thursday, August 29, 2013

Moonshine University presents full-day Moonshine Enthusiast workshop on Oct. 18

On Friday, Oct. 18, Moonshine University at Distilled Spirits Epicenter will offer a full day Moonshine Enthusiast class that will explore the infamous spirit, from its history in the hills to its modern, legal incarnation. The hands-on workshop includes a cooking and fermentation demonstration, participation in the distilling process and a sensory evaluation. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. The class takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $395 per person. Moonshine University is located at 801 S. 8th St. Louisville. To register, call (502) 301-8126 or email

Throughout the day, attendees will learn about key terms used in making moonshine; the different types of stills; and the production process. Participants will not only enjoy a lesson on the history of moonshine culture, but will also get hands-on experience in the cooking/fermentation and distillation processes in the Grease Monkey Distillery. The nuances of corn shine, sugar shine and mixed grain liquors will be revealed through a sensory evaluation, and participants will also learn the difference between wild fermentation and pitched fermentation.

Those with entrepreneurial goals in the distilled spirits industry can build on the Moonshine Enthusiast class by signing up for Moonshine University’s 5-Day Distiller Course taking place on Oct. 7 through 11. The course provides a complete overview of the craft of distilling and the beverage industry through comprehensive technical training and business management education. Tuition is $5,500 for an intensive, practical, hands-on learning experience that covers every facet of the craft and the industry, from grain selection to getting your product into the hands of consumers.

Located at 801 S. 8th Louisville, 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 and

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