Distillery School


2-Day Introduction to Distilling Course & Workshop

The two-day introductory course covers the beginnings of commercial distilling logistics from building codes to regulations through sales and distribution, which is followed by a hands-on workshop that covers commercial production from top to bottom.

Course Dates

July 18th – 19th, 9:00am – 4:00pm
August 15th – 16th, 9:00am – 4:00pm
September 19th – 20th, 9:00am – 4:00pm


You can register at our online store.
Take $50 off per ticket when registering in groups of 2 or more.


We have partnered with Hyatt House to provide a discounted room rate. They provide both 1 and 2 bedroom suites. Hyatt also offers a shuttle service within a 5 mile radius which will get you to the distillery. Please book early as the block of rooms can sell quickly. You can cancel your room up until 24 hours before checkin. Please use the link below or call their reservation line at 1-866-974-9288.
Hyatt House Denver Tech Center Group Rate.


Downslope Distillery: 6770 South Dawson Circle, Suite 400, Centennial, Colorado 80112


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Introduction to Distilling Part 1: Distillation


Water quality, water testing, and pH adjustments

Grain mashes and sugar washes

Enzymes, yeast, and infusions

Record keeping and data management

Malting vs. cereal mashing

Temperature and time management


Types of stills, columns, and infrastructure

Types of runs, stripping, and proof

Heads, hearts, and tails

Whiskey, gin, rum, and vodka runs


Filtration of vodkas and rums

Infusion of vodkas and rums


Introduction to Distilling Part 2: Logistics

Commercial Logistics

Facilities selection, building, and fire codes

Regulatory jurisdictions, and Federal/State licensing

Local rules, self-distribution rights, and tasting rooms


Developing a budget, pricing and promoting your spirits

Defining your market, reaching your market

On-premise and off-premise, promotions and product placement

Sales & Distribution

Supplier responsibility, distributor expectations

Distribution types, selection, forms, and channels

Contract, franchise, and control states

Refund Policy: Due to the cost of having the class and the materials that we provide, we are unable to give refunds for any reason. We will however let you take the class at a later date as long as it’s within one year of the purchase date and notice is given atleast 7 days prior to the original class date.