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Distilling 101

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Distilling 101 Overview

Distilling 101, the first course to be offered in the Distilling Science Academy, is a 10-week, hands-on certificate course for current and aspiring distillers. The course's aim is to train students for a career in the distilling industry. The only program of its kind in Western Pennsylvania, the Distilling Science Academy is made possible with collaborations between Point Park faculty and distilling industry experts.

Registration is now open. Classes run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from June 11-Aug. 15. Class size is limited to 16 students.

Topics and activities

  • An overview of distilling and distilling history
  • Raw materials for different spirits
  • Materials processing
  • Production methods and styles
  • Malting and mashing
  • Fermentation
  • Distillation theory, equipment and techniques
  • Maturation
  • Bench-top distillation
  • Sensory training
  • Packaging
  • Opportunity to work with industrial scale equipment at Iron City Distilling
  • Field trips to area distilleries


20240220_162233394_iOS_OPT.jpgThis course is taught by industry veteran Matt Strickland, Head Distiller at Iron City Distilling, faculty member at Moonshine University in Louisville, KY as well at the Siebel Institute of Technology’s distilling program in Chicago, and author of two highly regarded textbooks on distilling.


Total Cost: $2,200

Includes all course materials, 2 3-hour lectures per week for 10 weeks.

Contact Us

Any questions regarding the program should be sent to the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at SCPS@PointPark.Edu.