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Distillery Workshops




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. 

Introduction to Distilling Day 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 Day 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


This workshop will be led by Mitch Abate, Head Distiller at Down Slope Distilling in Colorado and Dr. Kallie Stavros from Falls Church Distillers. 

Accommodations will be available at the Hilton Garden Inn - 706 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

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