2017 Conference Workshops

WORKSHOPS AT THE ADI CONFERENCE

Updated Jan 25, 2017

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3-Day Whiskey Workshop – Seacrets Distillery Co– $2,000

Thursday, April 6 through Saturday, April, 8 2017

This three-day hands-on class cover the fundamentals of whiskey distilling. Participants will be able to smell and taste new-make spirit as it is being distilled. Topics covered in this class include mash preparation, basics of fermentation and wash production, mechanics of distillation (stripping & spirits runs), “making the cuts”, barrel maturation, proofing, and bottling.

Includes:
– 3 days of hands-on distilling instruction at Seacrets Distilling Co, Ocean City MD
– Transportation from the Hyatt Inner Harbor to Seacrets Distilling on Thursday.
– Lunches
– Hotel Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights
– Select shuttles will be arranged for return to Baltimore


2-day Blending & Maturation Workshop –

Thursday 4/6/17 & Friday 4/7/2017 – $700

This class will be a more in-depth version of the 1 day Blending class.

Day 1 will be spent in the class room, but will go into more depth than the 1 day class as we examine the traditional philosophies and methods of blending whiskey and rum, and “cross-over” techniques in blending, and borrowing from one tradition to the other to create something new. Other topics will include how the barrel room or warehouse can be used as a tool to achieve certain aromatic profiles, wood policy, the effects of entry proof, water reduction or “proofing” theories, etc. Finally, we will discuss the practical applications of blending, selecting and balancing the proper components for the blend to achieve a targeted whiskey or rum profile, and the impact on flavor of spirit and wood.

Day 2 will be much more “hands-on” as we work at the Joseph Magnus distillery. We’ll discuss cellar management, learn what to look for when creating a blend when analyzing barrel samples, and finally, creating blends that will be judged by other class participants.

Includes:
– 2 days of blending & Maturation instruction (Day 1: Hyatt Inner Harbor / Day 2: Jos A. Magnus in DC)
– Lunch on Thursday and Friday
– Bus transportation between Hyatt and Jos. A Magnus Distillery

Instructor: Nancy Fraley, Nosing Services


1-day Gin Workshop – Sunday 4/2/17 – 10am – 4pm
Jos A Magnus Distillery, Washington DC– $475

 This one-day hands-on class explores designing and distilling your own gin. As well as more formal instruction, the session will allow attendees to discuss the more nuanced aspects of bringing a spirit to market. Topics covered in this class include the mechanics of distillation and rectification, making the cuts, methods of gin production, working with botanicals, and filtration.

Includes:

– 1 day of hands-on distilling instruction at Jos A. Magnus Distillery in Washington DC
– Transportation from the distillery to the Hyatt Inner Harbor in Baltimore on Sunday evening
– Lunch

Instructors: David T Smith and Dr. Anne Brock


 1-day Rum Workshop – Monday 4/3/17  OR Thursday 4/6/17 – $400

 Instructor: Eric Watson

 Location: Lost Ark Distilling, Columbia MD

9:30AM – 5PM (bus departs at 8:30 AM from the Hyatt hotel)

This course will introduce participants to the different styles of rum created from sugar cane and its derivatives, such as sugar cane syrup and molasses. Participants will be able to smell and taste new make spirits as it is being distilled. Topics covered in this one-day class include rum wash preparation, basics of fermentation, mechanics of distillation (stripping and spirit runs), making the cuts, barrel maturation, proofing and barreling.

Includes:

– 1 day of hands-on distilling instruction
– Transportation to/from the hotel and distillery
– Lunch


 1-day Vodka Workshop – Monday 4/3/17  OR Thursday 4/6/17 – $400

 Instructor: Rusty Figgins, Owner of XO Alambic | Director & Lead Lecturer of Spirits Institute Puget Sound (Seattle, WA)

 Location: Dragon Distillery, Frederick MD

9:30AM – 5PM (bus departs at 8:30 AM from the hotel)

This class examines the fundamentals of Vodka production, and how to work with both fermented grapes and NGS Bases. Topic covered in this class includes the mechanics of distillation and rectification, making the cuts and filtration of neutral spirits.

Includes:

– 1 day of hands-on distilling instruction using a 2000-liter Figgins Reciprocator
– Transportation to/from the hotel and distillery
– Lunch


1-day Blending Workshop – Monday 4/3/17  – $400

This class examines traditional philosophies and methods of blending whiskey and rum, and “cross-over” techniques in blending and borrowing from one tradition to the other to create something new. During the hands-on portion, we will cover the practical applications of blending, selecting and balancing the proper components for the blend to achieve a targeted whiskey or rum profile, and the impact on flavor of spirit and wood.

Includes:

– 1 day of blending instruction at the Hyatt Inner Harbor
– Lunch

Instructor: Nancy Fraley, Nosing Services


1-Day Building & Fire Codes Bootcamp –Monday 4/3/17    ONLY – $400

An overview class on building out a commercial space for your distillery. We will discuss the design process, the building and fire codes, what you need to submit to your city/county, where/how to find who those people are, occupancy, building types, construction types, Maximum Allowable Quantities, and basic fire safety in buildings with flammable liquids. You will have a broad overview of the design and construction process for a commercial distillery plus the vocabulary to assemble and communicate to your team of architects/engineers.

Includes:

– 1 day of instruction – location TBD
– Lunch

Instructor: Scott Moore, President, Dalkita Construction

 

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