Fortunately, if you have an interest in possibly entering the spirits biz, the Distilled Spirits Epicenter in downtown Louisville, Ky., is offering the opportunity to learn about the science and business of distilling through their five-day distiller course, which they cheekily refer to as "Moonshine University." The course of study costs $5,500 and will be held the week of Jan. 14-18.
The classes promise to offer a detailed curriculum on the techniques and business of distilling taught by master distillers and industry insiders. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with the vendors and support service companies that would be essential to starting up a new business, as well as the chance to take a free "Nuts and Bolts" course the Sunday before the main classes begin. This special class will cover the ins and outs of contracting and permitting necessary to legally open and operate a distillery.
The Distilled Spirits Epicenter plans to offer this course quarterly to meet the demand of so many spirits enthusiasts who are looking to enter the industry, but if you're still just at aficionado status, they also offer behind-the-scenes classes on the secrets of the industry for just $100 per person. These "Enthusiast" classes are led by some of the experts behind the sister company of the DSE, Flavorman.
The facility also houses two other related businesses, Greased Monkey Distillery and Challenge Bottling, which collaborate with entrepreneurs to create and bottle custom spirits. the relationship between these companies and the client is strictly as contracted labor, so the spirit designer can maintain all trademark and intellectual property rights. So whether you want them to make it for you, or you want to learn to distill your own, the DSE sounds like the place to be.
For more information, visit flavorman.com.