Hands-on Distilling Workshops

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The Instructional Workshops are hands-on distilling workshops that address every step in producing, packaging, and marketing craft-distilled spirits. These workshops range from first-time introductions to master classes.

Upcoming Workshops


Beyond Gin

Using Botanicals in Spirits in a new (and very old) way Monday, March 26, 2018 Townshend’s Distillery (aka Thomas & Sons Distillery)   Instructors: Ray Nagler, Head of Operations, and Seth O’Malley, Head Distiller This workshop will survey the use of herbs and spices in spirits. We will discuss how variables like time, proof, and temperature […] More »

3-day Brandy Distilling Master Class

Saturday, March 24 through Monday, March 26, 2018           McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Distillery, 4045 Cornelius Pass Road, Hillsboro, Oregon   Instructor: Hubert Germain-Robin, Master Distiller and Blender This three-day advanced class offers a rare opportunity to study with Master Distiller & Master Blender Hubert Germain-Robin, International Consultant, creator of world-renowned Germain-Robin brandies […] More »

3-Day Hands-on Whiskey Distilling Workshop

Saturday March 24 through Monday March 26, 2018             McMenamins Edgefield Distillery, 2126 Sw Halsey St., Troutdale, Oregon   Instructor: James Whelan, Head Distiller McMenamins Edgefield Distillery This hands-on class covers the fundamentals of grain-to-glass whiskey production and business concerns in starting a distilled spirits plant. Participants will be able to smell […] More »

Hands-on Vodka Distilling Workshop (1-Day)

Two Sessions: Monday, March 26 or Thursday, March 29, 2018 Trail Distillery, 21553 S Highway 213, Oregon City, Oregon   Instructor: Kris Berglund Ph.D. Michigan State University Monday Vodka Workshop – 03/26/2018 or Thursday, March 29, 2018  9:30AM – 5PM (bus schedule will be sent prior to workshop) This class examines the fundamentals of Vodka production, and […] More »

Hands-on Rum Distilling Workshop (1-day)

Two Sessions: Monday, March 26, or Thursday, March 29, 2018 New Deal Distillery, 900 SE Salmon St., Portland, Oregon   Instructors: Eric Watson, President of AlBevCon, and Tom Burkleaux, Founder of New Deal Distillery This course will introduce participants to the different styles of rum created from sugar cane and its derivatives, such as sugar cane syrup and […] More »

Hands-on Gin Distilling Workshop (1-Day)

Two sessions: Sunday March 25, or Monday, March 26, 2018             Martin Ryan Distilling Co., 2304 NW Savier, Portland, Oregon   Instructors: David T Smith, International Gin Consultant, and Lauren Patz, Head Distiller of Spirits Works Distillery.     This session will cover the theory and practice of fermentation and distillation of base spirit […] More »

Hands-on Malt Whiskey Distilling Workshop (1-day)

Two Sessions: Monday, March 26, or Thursday, March 29, 2018             House Spirits Distillery, 65 SE Washington St., Portland, Oregon   Instructors: Christian Krogstad, Co-founder of House Spirits, and Miles Munroe, Distiller at House Spirits   9:00AM – 5PM (bus departs at 8:30 AM from the hotel) This workshop covers the basics of distilling […] More »

“Alt Whisky” Workshop (1 day) – Devine Vineyards & Distillery, Canada

REGISTER HERE Saturday, March 24, 2018 – Devine Vineyards & Distillery – Canada The School of Hard Liquor This one-day seminar, (Saturday March 24th) will focus on alternative grains and techniques for modern, New World Whiskies. This is an intense, fun, and hand’s-on introduction to the Craft of Whisky. Students will cover the science of […] More »