The Ultimate Three Day Hands-on Workshop

Coming to Quartz Mountain Distillers near Portland, OR

September 13-15, 2024

Make a Batch of Your Own Spirits To Take Home

Three Days of Learning

After this workshop, you’ll have the confidence you need to start your own craft distillery.

Hands-on Instruction & Make Your Own Spirits

Attendees will learn in the Quartz Mountain Distillery with our instructors for hands-on education you won’t find anywhere else. Students will operate our commercial equipment and distill, blend and bottle their own batch of spirits to take home!

FREE Lifetime Access to Courses & Content

Attendees will also receive a free Lifetime Access membership to DistilleryUniversity.com, meaning you’ll be able to rewatch your Workshop as well as all future Workshops from anywhere, anytime!

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Expert Instructors

This Workshop is taught by real-world experts, ensuring you get the most valuable knowledge available.

Meet Our Presenters

Todd Buckley

Todd Buckley

Director of Education

Trading in silicon chips for copper stills, Todd Buckley is a technologist turned distiller. He has worked at Intel and Microsoft and has been instrumental in producing award-winning gin and vodka. He is the founder of Destiny Spirits and Lecturer in Social Media and consultant within the spirits industry.

Todd is well-known for the award-winning gin he made at the Bellewood Distillery. In 2014, his hand-crafted spirit scored a 94 from the Beverage Tasting Institute, beating out such notable gins as Beefeater, Tanqueray and Bombay Sapphire. He’ll be sharing his experiential secrets as well as his technical knowledge in this 3-day Workshop that is not to be missed.

Syllabus

Unlock the Alchemy of Spirits: Your Exclusive Pass to the Ultimate Distilling Workshop

Are you tired of browsing countless distilling tutorials online only to be left with more questions than answers? Have you ever dreamt of crafting your own signature blend of spirits? If so, then read on. We’ve crafted an experience that goes beyond mere theory, delivering you straight into the hands-on world of distillation.

What You Get: An All-Access Pass

  • Reserved Spot for All 3 Days: This is an immersive weekend event, and your seat is waiting for you.
  • Lifetime Access Membership: Not only do you get face-to-face time with experts, but you also get lifetime access to DistilleryUniversity.com, including all the workshop footage—a $499 value at no extra cost.
  • Supplementary Toolkit: Receive Powerpoint presentations, a business plan template, fundraising slide deck, and more, giving you a holistic educational package.
  • Exclusive Invitations: Join us for After-Hours Events throughout the weekend, a priceless networking opportunity.

Your Professors: Industry Titans

  • Todd Buckley: Covers everything from the history of American distilling to the nuances of alcohol biology and chemistry.
  • Darin Kyle: Owner of Quartz Mountain Distillers, walks you through the practicalities of operating high-grade distilling equipment.
  • Randy Kyle: Owner of Quartz Mountain Distillers and formulator or many of their award-winning recipes.

Hands-On Experience

  • Real Equipment, Real Spirits: For the first time, you’re in control. Manage a professional-grade reflux still and distill your own spirits.
  • Your Own Masterpiece: Bring home a bottle of your crafted spirits, fine-tuned to your preferred strength and flavor profile.
  • End-to-End Mastery: From mashing and fermentation to bottling, labeling, and blending, this workshop leaves no stone unturned.

Why This Workshop Is Unlike Any Other

You’re not just learning; you’re doing. This is as real as it gets. Whether you’re a beginner looking for a comprehensive distilling overview or an advanced distiller aiming to refine your craft, this workshop is your stepping stone to distilling success.

Time is of the Essence

Spots are limited and filling up rapidly. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to elevate your distilling game.

Hands-on Workshops Curriculum

Led by Industry Expert Todd Buckley

Welcome to the Beverage Alcohol Industry

  • History of Distilling in America: Discover the fascinating past of distilling in the U.S.
  • Regulation Highlights: Learn the essential regulations for distilling in the U.S.
  • The Competitive Landscape: Understand the current spirits market in the U.S.

Introduction to Fermentation

  • Fermentation Basics: Explore how grains, fruits, and yeast come together to create alcohol.
  • Yeast Varieties: Learn about different yeast strains and their effects on flavor.

Introduction to Alcohol Chemistry

  • Alcohol Types: Understand the differences between ethanol, methanol, and isopropanol.
  • Acids and Esters: Learn about organic acids and esters and their roles in distillation.
  • Filtration: Discover the importance of filtration in producing clean spirits.

Vodka Distillation

  • Using a Hydrometer: Master the proper use of this essential tool.
  • Substrate Choices: Learn about different bases for vodka production.
  • Achieving High Proof: Techniques to reach 190 proof.
  • Filtration and Proofing: Ensure your vodka is pure and correctly proofed.
  • Bottling: Get hands-on experience in bottling your product.

Brandy Distillation

  • Fruit Choices: Discover the best fruits for brandy production.
  • Achieving High Proof: Techniques to reach 160 proof.
  • Filtration and Proofing: Ensure your brandy is pure and correctly proofed.
  • Bottling: Learn the bottling process for brandy.

Gin Production

  • Botanical Choices: Explore various botanicals for gin.
  • Extraction Methods: Learn maceration, decoction, and infusion techniques.
  • Filtration and Proofing: Ensure your gin is pure and correctly proofed.
  • Bottling: Get hands-on experience in bottling your gin.

Whiskey Distillation and Aging

  • Substrate Choices: Learn about different bases for whiskey production.
  • Fermentation and Distillation: Master these critical processes.
  • Aging: Understand the importance of aging in whiskey production.
  • Filtration and Proofing: Ensure your whiskey is pure and correctly proofed.
  • Bottling: Get hands-on experience in bottling your whiskey.

Introduction to Distillation Physics

  • Heating, Reflux, and Condensation: Learn the science behind distillation.
  • Still Design: Understand the design and function of different stills.
  • Measuring Techniques: Master the use of weight, volume, and temperature in distillation.

The hands-on instruction will take place at the very well-equipped Quartz Mountain Distillers. Owners and distilling experts Darin & Randy Kyle will walk us through how to operate their equipment, preparing a mash for fermentation and what considerations need to be made in creating a perfect batch of spirits. Darin, Randy and Todd will be on hand to answer any and all questions you might have about any aspect of running a distillery.

No other Workshop allows you to actually take control of a professional-grade reflux still and produce your own batch of spirits under the supervision of award-winning instruction staff.

If you’re looking to get ACTUAL hands-on experience, this is the Workshop for you. We’ll have a mash already made up for you, so all you have to focus on is getting your spirits to come out just right.

After your spirits run is complete, you’ll then be shown how to blend with distilled water in order to get the strength and flavor profile you’re looking for. From there, you’ll bottle your finished spirit and take it home with you!

Students will cover a range of essential topics to provide a comprehensive understanding of the distillation process. First, we will delve into mashing, where you’ll learn about selecting the appropriate grains and managing the necessary temperatures to ensure optimal results.

Next, we will explore fermentation, discussing how to choose the right base product and yeast, as well as the best vessels for the process.

During the distillation section, you will master the art of making cuts, selecting the correct temperatures, and understanding equipment design and performance.

Lastly, we will focus on still performance, ensuring you have a thorough grasp of the distillation equipment and its capabilities.

Friday & Saturday: We’ll all meet at the classroom at Quartz Mountain Distillers at 9am PST. These days will consist of classroom learning with a lunch at around noon. You’ll also have access to the distillery to see the equipment, layout, etc. Class will conclude at around 4-5pm PST (depending on the number of questions).

Later on Saturday (7pm to 9pm PST), we’re holding a Tasting & Sensory Evaluation Event at a nearby restaurant. For a small fee we’ll all be served numerous “short shots” of various spirits and we’ll attempt to sort out the different flavor profiles and distilleries of each. Our lead facilitator Todd Buckley will be on hand to help us determine the different notes and aromas we can experience. Excellent food will also be available there (this event is one of the highlights of all our Workshops, so feel free to bring your spouse or companion).

Sunday: Today is the hands-on portion of the Workshop, so please wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes. We’ll be getting started at 9am PST. Darin Kyle, founder of Quartz Mountain Distillers will be giving us an in-depth tour of the distillery, as well as taking us through his process of making unique and distinct spirits. Everyone will be able to operate one of our small reflux column stills and take home a bottle of spirits.

We’ll close class between 3pm and 5pm PST, depending on what’s going on in the distillery and how many questions people have.

Early Registration Discount

Register at least 30 days before the Workshop to lock in the early registration price of $1899. After that date, the price increases to $2099.

Questions?

Just call (509) 999-1244 or email info@distilleryuniversity.com. We’ll be happy to provide you with any information you need.

Bringing a friend?

Email us at info@distilleryuniversity.com to receive 20% off a second seat at our workshop!

Need to Make Payments?

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There are numerous other hotels in the immediate area that are available. We recommend using Booking.com to find your hotel, or use AirBNB.com.

We understand that sometimes things come up unexpectedly, and we will work with you in the event of a cancellation.

All registrations cancelled at least 60 days before a Workshop will be refunded in full. Cancellations after that date will be refunded 50%. Unfortunately, we cannot accept cancellations less than 30 days before a Workshop. While we can’t offer refunds, we are happy to hold a seat for you at a future Workshop at no additional cost.

Thank you for your understanding.

Downtown Vancouver is one of Washington’s hubs for top-quality restaurants and entertainment. Within blocks of the distillery you’ll find a wide range of food offerings, bars, even a speakeasy or two. There are numerous theaters, places to shop, and more. Click here to visit the Vancouver tourism website.

Just across the river in Portland OR, you’ll also find over 20 craft distilleries. Make the most of this trip and tour as many as you can!

Proudly display your dedication to your distilling education with an official certificate of membership from Distillery University. At the conclusion of the workshop, every attendee receives a certificate to put on the wall of their future distillery.