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Killing Time Before the John Mayer Set?  Moonshine U Is Ready to Make You a Bourbon Expert.

Premiere Bourbon Society “Stave & Thief” offered at Bourbon and Beyond.


Louisville, Ky – (August 20, 2018) – Festival goers to the 2018 Bourbon and Beyond Festival can up their bourbon game with on-site bourbon education courses offered by Moonshine University’s exclusive Stave and Thief Society. Educators will host free, 45-minute workshops during the festival between performances September 22nd and 23rd. Each 45-minute session explores what defines “Bourbon” and how it differs from other whiskies. Participants will also examine each step in the production process from grain selection through maturation to understand how every decision impacts the final product. Finally, attendees are guided through a brand-neutral sensory evaluation to experience the different profiles that derive from those decisions.

These courses are sponsored by Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tours and will be held on September 22-23, 2018. Workshop tickets can be reserved when purchasing Bourbon and Beyond tickets.

Bourbon and Beyond is the perfect blend of bourbon, food and music. Lineup includes Sting, John Mayer, Robert Plant and many more. In addition to the 40 bourbon offerings this festival has to offer, attendees can also participate in a handful of classes and workshops. To top off the weekend, guests can experience chef demos and taste food from local restaurants. For more information on Moonshine University’s workshops on location at Bourbon and Beyond go to,


About Moonshine University

Moonshine University was founded by David Dafoe in 2013. The bourbon epicenter opened its doors on the Distilled Spirits Beverage Campus in Louisville, Kentucky to educate entrepreneurs on how to launch a successful distilling business from concept, to distilling, to bottling.  Moonshine University houses the Stave & Thief Society, a bourbon certification program. It was established to promote Kentucky’s distinguished bourbon culture. Stave & Thief Society will lead bourbon enthusiasts, restaurants, bars, hotels and retail employees to become Executive Bourbon Stewards through a standardized training program.

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