Description

2-DAY INTRODUCTION TO DISTILLING COURSE AND WORKSHOP

 

The two-day introductory course covers the beginnings of commercial distilling logistics from building codes to regulations through sales and distribution, which is followed by a hands-on workshop that covers commercial production from top to bottom.

Introduction to Distilling Day 1: Distillation

Pre-Production

Water quality, water testing, and pH adjustments

Grain mashes and sugar washes

Enzymes, yeast, and infusions

Record keeping and data management

Malting vs. cereal mashing

Temperature and time management ​

 

Distillation

Types of stills, columns, and infrastructure

Types of runs, stripping, and proof

Heads, hearts, and tails

Whiskey, gin, rum, and vodka runs

 

Post-Production

Filtration of vodkas and rums

Infusion of vodkas and rums

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Introduction to Distilling Day 2: Logistics

Commercial Logistics

Facilities selection, building, and fire codes

Regulatory jurisdictions, and Federal/State licensing

Local rules, self-distribution rights, and tasting rooms

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Marketing

Developing a budget, pricing and promoting your spirits

Defining your market, reaching your market

On-premise and off-premise, promotions and product placement

 

Sales & Distribution

Supplier responsibility, distributor expectations

Distribution types, selection, forms, and channels

Contract, franchise, and control states

 

This workshop will be led by Mitch Abate, Head Distiller at Down Slope Distilling in Colorado and Dr. Kallie Stavros from Falls Church Distillers.

Accommodations will be available at the Hilton Garden Inn – 706 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046