SOLD OUT Foundations of Distilling : 7-8 November 2019

From AUD $749.00
  • Duration: 12 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Hobart, Tasmania
  • Product code: FODNov19

This 1.5 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 and want information, business and ideas and contacts in the distilling industry. Past participants have joined the course to better understand what might be the ideal size of their distillery, what they should make, how much they need to spend and other aspects surrounding the decisions of building a distillery.

The course starts with an intensive 1.5 hours going through the theory at Hobart's Hadleys Orient Hotel and then visits the ins and outs of mashing and fermenting at the brewery before heading to Sullivans Cove Distillery where students are taken through the secrets of whisky and the process by the lead brewer and distiller at each location. The following day we like to head out to one of Tasmania's other small distilleries to look at either a small business or gin set up.

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. 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.



8.30am - What is distilling. The business of Distilling. Overview and intro at Hadley's Orient Hotel, 34 Murray St, Hobart

11am - Milling. Mashing. Fermenting. About the wort and fermentation at Moo Brew Brewery

2pm - What do you need to think about in your distillery? Distilling, maturation and tasting at Sullivans Cove Distillery

5pm - Return to Hobart

On the Friday after the course we offer students the opportunity  (its not compulsory but it is recommended) to head out to another Tasmanian small distillery business for comparison.


We recommend students arrive to Tasmania on the Wednesday prior to the course and stay at least until late Friday afternoon. 

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!


Certificates are available and can be booked online or arranged by contacting Anne on 0419 431 280 or via email 


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