About the Tasting Competition


How it Started:

When we started Distillery University back in 2012, the craft distilling industry was still finding its footing. For decades the vast majority of craft distillation was dominated by the major brands and labels, and breaking into the business was nearly an insurmountable task. Since that time, we have all enjoyed major reform in the industry (though we still have a long way to go), but nonetheless it has never been easier for a true artisan distiller to get started making a product that is truly soulful and unique.

Over the last 8 years, Distillery University has worked tirelessly to bring our students the best distillation education that can be found. Between our online courses, our Hands-on Workshops, and most recently our Interactive Online Workshops, we have helped thousands of people get started in this difficult, confusing and yet wildly rewarding industry. Now, it’s time to let those students show off their stuff.

The New Distillers Tasting Competition is a platform for all the newbies out there to be seen and get noticed. There are other competitions in the world and they serve an important role, but this time we want to showcase those who may not have the deepest pockets, or those who don’t have decades of experimentation behind them; we want to hear from the rebels and renegades, the scrappers and bootstrappers.


Let’s see what you’ve got!

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