Foundations of Distilling @ Lark - Friday 16 November

From AUD $739.00
  • Duration: 12 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Hobart, Tasmania
  • Product code: FODLark Nov18

This 1 day course, the only one of its kind offering a structured overview gives students a behind the scenes look at the distilling and whisky industries, and it explores the process from idea to market.

Who should attend?

It is ideal for people thinking about distilling, just starting their distillery plan and want to be sure they haven't forgotten anything, those who want to make contacts in the distilling industry, people who want to understand the ideal size and for those just interested in a really cool insight into the Tasmanian whisky industry.

The course starts with a quick overview of the process, business and history of distilling in Tasmania at the Lark Cellar Door in Hobart before heading to the Lark Distillery for the day for a detailed insight into distilling from grain, to mash, to ferment, distillation, bottling and the gear needed. WE then look at the gin making process at Forty Spotted Gin before heading back to the bar for a tasting

What will you learn?

Students can expect to learn about the whole process - from raw ingredients, brewing the whisky wash, the distilling process through to casks and bottling, the difference between newmake, unaged and aged spirit and an insight into the business of whisky making. We'll get to look at the gear and have an inside conversation about the Forty Spotted Gin and what its taken to make such a great spirit. Students should also expect to have an amazing and enjoyable day with like minded people, make amazing contacts in the industry and find out where to get more industry information.

What's included?

The day's education, materials,  tasting, certificate, travel and catering are included in the price. It is an amazing intimate whisky learning experience and feedback from students has been that it is a wonderful day that provides a sound overview of the process. For those thinking of getting into the industry, our goal is that the course helps make this possible.

Attendees are asked to contact us with any special dietary requests.


9.30am - Overview, business and intro at Lark Cellar Door, Davey St Hobart

10.30am - Bus to Lark Distillery to explore the grain, distillation and ferment

1pm - Lunch

2pm - Further distilling, maturation, bottling and labelling and gin overview with Forty Spotted Gin.

4.30m - Return to Lark Cellar Door for tasting nd aroma appreciation


We recommend students arrive to Tasmania on the Thursday prior to the course and stay at least until Friday evening. 

However, because Tassie is awesome and the state is loaded with whisky distilleries, bars and experiences, we'd love to see interstate visitors to the Academy to stay for longer than one or two days. If you'd like advice on when to come, where to visit and where to stay then give us a call. Check out our distillery map to see where else you might like to go.


Our partner Hadley's Orient Hotel is offering Academy students a special rate on their lovely rooms, so if you are heading to Tasmania then contact us and we can pass their special Whisky Academy code to you. They do a great hot breakfast we're told!


Because students enter both a brewery and distillery we require all participants to be 18 years of age or older. 

Bookings are set for the date you have booked but if you have to defer then please contact Anne to discuss.

Contact Details:

Call Anne on (+61) 0419431280 or email