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Moonshine University: Botanicals Spirits Workshop

19feb(feb 19)9:00 am21(feb 21)5:00 pmMoonshine University: Botanicals Spirits Workshop

Future Event Times in this Repeating Event Series

august 21, 2024 9:00 am

Speakers for this event

  • Clay Smith

    Clay Smith

    Operations Manager at Moonshine University and former Head Distiller at Corsair Distillery

    Clay has been in many facets of the liquor industry since 2003 and with Corsair Distillery since early 2009. In addition to the daily “Cat-Herding” of the distillery’s experimental spirit development, core product manufacturing, barrel blending, bottling, packaging, shipping, copious paperwork and various site expansions in the past 5 years, Clay also teaches Fine Art at Western Kentucky University.

    His love and experience with most things Craft, whether artistic or alcoholic in nature, found a unique home with Corsair’s philosophy.

    Operations Manager at Moonshine University and former Head Distiller at Corsair Distillery

Event Details

Botanical spirits are experiencing a booming renaissance. Using a broad palette of botanicals and styles, craft distillers are creating unique expressions that not only stand out on the shelf, but don’t have to spend years in a barrel to do so. 

As of 2018, gin is the leading growth category in beverage alcohol, worldwide. Fueled by a booming cocktail scene, gin consumption is projected to increase over the next 5 years, providing a huge opportunity for distillers looking to capitalize on this trend. Using a broad palette of botanicals and styles, craft distillers are creating unique expressions of gins, absinthes, and amari that stand out on the shelf without needing to spend years in a barrel.

Early Bird Special: Early Bird Registration covers your stay at our contracted hotel from Day 1 to the last day of class. The Early Bird deadline is 3 weeks before the first day of class.

Our hands-on, three-day advanced workshop will focus on the art of botanical spirit production, giving you an edge while you stake your claim in this booming market. We’ll explore history, category styles, production methods, and distillation processes, as well as botanical mash bills, maceration, filtration, and finishing.

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Students will also get to practice hands-on distilling of a botanical spirit, scaling up from compounding to a table-top still and finishing with a 50-gallon still. Other significant educational experiences include examining individual essences, discussing various business considerations, and conducting source material tasting and sensory training.

Who is the Botanical Spirits Workshop For?

Whether you’re a seasoned distiller or newbie to the business, this class is for anyone who has or is planning to open and/or operate a distillery; non-traditional botanical spirit makers; professionals working with spirits in the hospitality sector; or anyone else seeking to refine their knowledge of botanical spirits.

Botanical Spirits Workshop Instructors

This course is taught by Clay Smith, Operations Manager at Moonshine University and former Head Distiller at Corsair Distillery.

What You’ll Learn

In addition to gaining valuable insights on botanical spirits production, we’ll take an in-depth look at:

  • History & Classifications of Botanicals;
  • Gin, Absinthe & Amari Production Methods;
  • Botanical Calculations;
  • Maceration, Filtration & Blending;
  • Individual Botanical & Distillate Evaluation;
  • Relational Segmentation;
  • Table-top & Production-scale Distillations;
  • Gin, Absinthe & Amari Practicums.

Get Your Class On

Tuition includes all class materials; breakfast, lunch, and refreshments; and transportation between our contracted hotel and our campus.

Tuition: $2,750

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About Moonshine University

Founded in 2012, Moonshine University is the nation’s premier educational distillery. Our facility was created from the ground up to teach new distillers how to get started in the industry, and to teach professional team members how to elevate key aspects of their craft and boost sales. Combining classroom instruction with practical, hands-on learning and sensory training, Moonshine University attracts people from all over the world, ensuring every attendee leaves with a complete and comprehensive education and skill set applicable to a variety of spirits and industry related areas.

In 2013, The Kentucky Distillers’ Association made Moonshine University their exclusive education provider. With the support of some of the industry’s leading institutions and distilleries, you can be sure that taking a class at Moonshine University will be worth the investment.

Still Have Questions? Ready to Get Started?

Call 502-305-8596 or email

View all Moonshine University Courses here.


Moonshine University

801 South 8th Street Louisville, KY 40203

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19 (Monday) 9:00 am - 21 (Wednesday) 5:00 pm EST


Moonshine University, Louisville, KY

Distilled Spirits Epicenter, 801 South 8th Street, Louisville, KY 40203, United States

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