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Craft Distilling as a Profession: The Vermont Experience

124 Main Street
Randolph Center, VT

This 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. Emphasis is on production of high-quality spirits from local ingredients, and how to bring these successfully to market. Additionally the course will cover such details as licensing, environmental concerns, permits, safety, and quality control. The course will be led by Duncan Holaday, a pioneer in micro-distilling who owns and operates Dunc's Mill and consults on distillery and still design. Opportunities for hands-on work during the course will be at Mad River Distillers in Warren, Dunc's Mill in St. Johnsbury, SILO Distillery in Windsor, and Elm Brook Distillery in Fairfield. The class will also tour Shelburne Orchards Distillery in Shelburne, Vermont Spirits in Quechee, and Appalachian Gap Distillery in Middlebury.

Please note there is the option to take this course for academic credit. The cost is an additional $100.00 for one academic credit. Please inquire about this during registration.

To register please visit this page. If you have additional questions call 802-728-1677 or email Please note participants must be at least 21 years old to enroll in this course.

This course is offered through the Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Tech.  The Institute supports students, farmers and agricultural specialists with educational opportunities related to animals, plants, soils, food systems, sustainability, mechanical systems, and agriculture business management. These programs teach practical, hands-on techniques in diversified agriculture ranging from vegetable, fruit and berry production to dairy herd management to technical skills such as meat-cutting and welding. Vermont Tech is continually expanding the trainings being offered to meet agricultural workforce needs around the state.

Spirits Course Flyer.pdf