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Moonshine University: Distilling Operations

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Moonshine University: Distilling Operations

14marAll Day16Moonshine University: Distilling Operations

Speakers for this event

  • Pete Kamer

    Pete Kamer

    Principal Distillery Engineer, Barton Brands (retired)

    Licensed professional Engineer. He started his distilling career with Seagram distillery in Louisville in 1978 working in distilling, bottling maintenance, plant maintenance, utilities, plant engineering and corporate engineering. In 1985 he went to work for Barton Distillery in Bardstown, KY as their Engineering Manager, handling all engineering related work in the Bardstown and Atlanta plants and assisted in the Carson, CA plant.

    Duties included selection and installation of new equipment, troubleshooting existing equipment, increasing capacity and improving operations. Mr. Kamer retired from Barton in 2011 and started his own engineering company, Distillery Engineering. Since then he has helped small to medium size distilleries with everything from site selection, equipment selection, plant layout, startup, and trouble shooting.

    Principal Distillery Engineer, Barton Brands (retired)

Event Details

Prepare to absorb two lifetimes of knowledge in a fraction of the time. Master your craft with this one-of-a-kind, three-day advanced course designed for distillers ready to take a deeper dive into distillery engineering and operations.

Tap into over 70 years of combined operations experience as the best mentors in the business lead you through the nuances of the entire production process, from boiler to bottling.

Attendees will get to test their knowledge at our on-campus distillery, covering everything from equipment selection, maintenance, and troubleshooting, to best practices in distillate production and product development. We’ll also walk you through energy, resource, and production calculations, proofing and gauging methods, and a live breakdown of distillery site plans. You can also count on exploring evaluation techniques and post-distillation processing, blending, barreling, and bottling procedures.

For more information, visit the course page.

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.

Register Now

Who is the Distilling Operation Course for?

This class is for distillers ready to take a deeper dive into distillery engineering and operations.

Distilling Operations Instructor

This class is taught by Pete Kamer, Principal of Distillery Engineering.

What You’ll Learn

In addition to gaining valuable insights on best practices in distillate production and product development, we’ll take an in-depth look at:

  • Equipment Selection, Maintenance & Troubleshooting;
  • Energy, Resource & Production Calculations;
  • Proofing and Gauging Methods;
  • Distillery Site Plans;
  • Evaluation Techniques;
  • Post-distillation Processing;
  • Blending, Barreling & Bottling Procedures.

Get Your Distilling Operations Course On

To ensure ample opportunity for hands-on learning, this class is limited to 10 attendees, so be sure to register soon and reserve your spot! This course requires either:

  • Graduation from the 6-Day Distiller Course at Moonshine University, OR
  • A valid Distilled Spirits Permit, or DSP, OR
  • An extensive experience in or ownership of a brewery.

Tuition: $3,995 USD

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.


march 14 (Monday) - 16 (Wednesday) EST


Moonshine University, Louisville, KY

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