2021 PRE-CONVENTION CLASSES

Sensory Pre-Convention Class

If you are thirsty for sensory knowledge, this one-day class is for you! The course will start by addressing sensory deceptions and bias in tastings. From there, the course will progress to quality control and how to use sensory methods to inform everyday product and process decisions. Finally, the course will tackle how casks affect mature and maturing product, and flavors and aromas from the world of barrels. Participants will have many opportunities to sample and apply their newfound knowledge as they learn the ways sensory analysis can inform the decisions they make as producers.

Cost: $399 for ACSA members; $699 for non-members

When: Friday, December 3 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

New Distillery Start-Up 101 Pre-Convention Class

Join seasoned members of the craft spirits community as they highlight technical/distilling, business/finance, and sales/marketing content geared toward those just starting out. This one-and-a-half-day class will address topics including basic distillery safety, equipment selection, oak extraction and aging, material selection, flavor chemistry and biochemistry, TTB compliance, pros and cons of tasting rooms, working with distributors, building a sales team, general business management, and MUCH MORE!

Cost: $299 for ACSA members; $459 for non-members

When: Thursday, December 2 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Friday, December 3 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Safety Pre-Convention Class 

Put safety first! Course participants will learn the OSHA standards for lockout tagout, control of hazardous energy, and confined spaces. The course will involve classroom time as well as hands-on time in a mobile confined space unit. With an approach tailored to the spaces and challenges distillers face, participants will leave equipped to implement or enhance their distillery’s safety culture and protocols in these major areas.

Cost: $199 for ACSA members; $299 for non-members

When: Friday, December 3 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Pre-Convention Registration

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If you register as a member, you’ll receive discounts on convention registration and competition fees, free webinars (including our archives), and more. Sign-up here to join ACSA’s craft spirits community!

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