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Downslope Distilling brings you the best classes available for small startup micro distilleries or just learn the fascinating art of distilling.

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 Distilling Day 2: Logistics

Pre-Production Commercial Logistics

Water quality, water testing, and pH adjustments Facilities selection, building, and fire codes

Grain mashes and sugar washes Regulatory jurisdictions and Federal/State licensing

Enzymes, yeast, and infusions Local rules, self-distribution rights, and tasting rooms

Record keeping and data management Marketing

Malting vs. cereal mashing Developing a budget, pricing and promoting your spirits

Temperature and time management Defining your market, reaching your market

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

Types of stills, columns, and infrastructure Sales & Distribution

Types of runs, stripping, and proof Supplier responsibility, distributor expectations

Heads, hearts, and tails Distribution types, selection, forms, and channels

Whiskey, gin, rum, and vodka runs Contract, franchise, and control states

Post-Production Infusion of vodkas and rum Introduction

Filtration of vodkas and rums

Refund Policy: Due to the cost of having the class and the materials that we provide, we are unable to give refunds for any reason. We will however let you take the class at a later date as long as it’s within one year of the purchase date and notice is given at least 7 days prior to the original class date.

Workshop will be held at:

Downslope Distilling Inc.

6770 South Dawson Cr., Ste 400

Centennial CO 80112

Current Class Dates: April 16-17 and May 14-15, 2016

Classes are held every month

Cost of the two day workshop is: $525.00 includes all class materials

Please email:mitchabate@aim.com or call 303-478-0228 for further info and update of class schedule

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This was a great workshop. I learned a tremendous amount about planning to start my distillery. Especially things that are not typically mentioned in other classes about relationships with distributor, marketing and branding a craft spirit. The information was very helpful.

The practical on the floor time was great. They would collect a mason jar of sample of the distillate at every 10 minutes for ~ 3 hours off the still. We then tasted down the line and could make our own judgement for where we would do cuts. Tasting and smelling the difference between heads to hearts cut, and hearts to tails cut was very valuable.

I have taken 3 classes on distilling, and this is by far my favorite for practical, applicable knowledge.


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