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