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Making Bourbon Makers: Moonshine University Helps Launch its 200th Distillery
The spirits educator boasts distillers from 45 states and 27 countries
Louisville, Ky. (July 17, 2018) – Moonshine University is celebrating a new milestone for its role in supporting the launch of its 200th distillery in Manilla, Philippines. Since 2013, the spirits educator has held classes for up-and-coming distillers from across 45 states and 27 countries who wish to learn more about the distilling business. With graduates spanning the globe from Vietnam to Columbia, Moonshine University has inspired a diverse group of men and women to follow their dreams of becoming master distillers. These Moonshine-educated distillers are now launching their distilleries throughout the world using new concepts, products and business objectives in the craft world. The following four distilleries are bound to break new barriers as they create buzz in the bourbon scene:
Full Circle Craft Distillers is the most recent Moonshine-assisted distillery to open its doors. Full Circle’s COO Matthew Westfall is an alum of Moonshine University, where he learned the ins and outs of owning and operating a distillery. The use of unique crops from the Philippines makes this distillery a guaranteed standout, and Full Circle is now gearing up to bring its first product to market.
You & Yours Distillery Co. was recently opened by another Moonshine alum Laura Johnson, one of just a handful of female head distillers in the country. An alum of the University of San Diego, she traveled the U.S. while training to be a distiller and running the popular blog Distillerista. At Moonshine University, she learned more about the spirits business in preparation for launching San Diego’s first urban distillery in March 2017. Today, You & Yours Distilling Co. features a full production distillery, tasting room and event space in the heart of San Diego.
The Distillery Company has started distilling rum in Vanuatu for the first time in the island country’s history. Each bottle of rum from The Distillery Co. is handcrafted and made with 100% Melanesian ingredients. Their dream of making rum in a foreign country started in 2013, and after years of planning, reading and visiting distilleries, the vision finally came to life in 2018. The products of The Distillery Co. only reflect the passion and dedication to its mission. The owner of The Distillery Company, Pierre-Luc Chabot, is a graduate of Moonshine University’s 6-day Distiller Course.
Silver Creek Distillery is owned by Moonshine U alum Mark Taverner and conducts its business in Gauteng, South Africa, the smallest and most heavily populated province in the country. Although located thousands of miles away from the U.S., Silver Creek Distillery is proudly rooted in American Southern tradition; Taverner’s award-winning Prohibition gin and Southern moonshine feature water, sugars and specially made flavors imported from Kentucky itself. The extra work spent on importing ingredients has surely paid off, as Silver Creek is now the largest dedicated moonshine distillery in Africa.
About Moonshine U
Founded in 2012, Moonshine University is part of the Distilled Spirits Epicenter along with its sister company, Flavorman, an international custom beverage development company founded by David Dafoe. Together, the sister companies make up a beverage campus that houses a fully equipped distillery, state-of-the-art classroom, bottling line production facility, extensive sensory library and a 24,000-square foot beverage innovation laboratory. Moonshine University is the exclusive education provider of the Kentucky Distiller’s Association.