Craft Distilling As A Profession: The Vermont Experience

Craft Distilling as a Profesison: The Vermont Experience Course, taught by Duncan Holaday

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Vermont is one of the leaders in the nationwide boom in micro-distilling. This six-day course brings students into direct contact with a variety of processes involved in building, operating, and working in a distillery and the distilling industry. Lectures, labs, visits from experts, demonstrations, and hands-on experience at distilleries introduce distilling and still design, fermentation, distillery economics, and basic business and marketing skills. An emphasis is placed on production of high-quality spirits from local ingredients and how to bring these successfully to market. The course also covers such details as licensing, environmental concerns, permits, and reports for the TTB, safety, and quality control.

The course will be led by our master distiller and a pioneer in micro-distilling, Duncan Holaday. Visiting lecturers and distillery visits expose students to a variety of products, business models and scales, and construction types for distilleries. Each student will complete and present a project that reflects his or her particular interests and draws from topics covered in the course.

Register online at or call 802.728.1677.