We hold regular offerings of “Camp Distillery” a few times each year. Camp Distillery is an all-purpose “starting your own distillery” class. Based on both our desire to present an all-encompassing, professional course of instruction, as well as feedback from past attendees, we feel that this is the best possible 2-day course for the money.
This course is for those that are very interested in learning more about the art & science of distilling and/or seriously considering the prospect of starting their own craft/microdistillery. Attendance is limited to 15 attendees.
The primary instructor for the course is Paul Tomaszewski, Co-founder & Head Distiller of MB Roland Distillery. Paul has taken part in every part of this business from initial distillery setup & licensing in 2009 to upgrade of the distillery in 2013, as well as every aspect related to production and marketing. This is an enhanced version of the course that Paul that has given for the American Distilling Institute (ADI) during the ADI Conferences in 2012 and 2015. Other instructors also include other distillers that are all for one-on-one Q&A throughout each day’s instruction. Everyone involved with this course takes it very seriously and we strive to improve it each and every time!
TWO DAY COURSE Early registration is $750/person (by December 1st for JAN 18/19 Course, by March 1st for APR 11/12 Course).
TWO DAY COURSE Standard registration is $800/person (after early registration).
MB ROLAND DISTILLERY “CAMP DISTILLERY” SCHEDULE & SYLLABUS
If you’re thinking about or you are getting into the craft distilling business, we probably can help you in answering several important questions. Do you know what you plan to make? If so, how much do you know about making that product? Do you have a grasp of the many federal and state regulations that you will be required to adhere to in starting and running a distillery? Do you have a full appreciation for the importance of marketing and branding your overall image and products? At MB Roland Distillery, we started out underfunded, under- experienced, under-manned and under-equipped. However, in spite of those deficits, in less than five years we have grown from 1 full-time employee making 2 different products that were initially only sold from our tasting room to 6 full-time and 5 part-time employees making more than 15 different products distributed in more than 10 states.
There were few options for distilling education when we were planning things out, specifically nothing that was less than a week long and cost less than several thousand dollars. With that in mind, we have tried to reasonably fit as much pertinent information and practical applications into both of our course options. Attendees appreciate that our course helps them in planning around their busy schedule. For our two-day course, the two main advantages are that we cover more information and the second day allows the participants to better digest the material (particularly with the ability to “sleep on” everything covered in the first day).
During both courses we demonstrate our entire production process from “grain to glass,” beginning with milling grain to bottling, as well as covering much of the necessary federal proofing regulations. Instructors include myself, having taken part in the setup and every aspect of our business over the years, as well other distillers/employees who provide a wealth of knowledge, insight and experience to the course. We charge a price that ensures the course is worth our time, while being reasonable for most anyone that is seriously interested in getting into this business. With the information and subject matters that we cover, you have the opportunity to save yourself a lot of time, money, and frustration in getting your operation up and running. Bottom line, we will provide you the necessary tools to succeed in opening, improving and running your craft distillery. After every course we ask for feedback from the attendees and make adjustments based on their critique of the course. Since starting this 2 years ago, the overall feedback is overwhelmingly positive and people are exceedingly satisfied with their experience. If you are thinking about attending this course, I suggest you make the determination and sign up as early as possible because we tend to fill each date several weeks in advance.
Paul Tomaszewski Co-founder & Head Distiller MB Roland Distillery