On September 27th and 28th 2015.
USA East Coast iStill Center/Marlin & Barrel Distillery, Fernandina Beach, Florida.
- How to start a Craft Distillery;
- How to ferment, distill, and age rum;
- How to operate the revolutionairy iStill One and iStill 250.
Odin (iStill) and Roger (Marlin & Barrel Distillery).
How to apply
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Interview and Introduction
Roger, what’s your background?
I came from a specialized analytical field in a large scale corporate America role. One day I realized being good at making shareholders money wasn’t enough for me. When I thought about my next step, I bumped into the business of distilling by accident, but when I did, I was hooked. It’s been several years since that decision and despite the chalenges of starting and operating a Craft Distillery, I’ve never looked back.
Odin, what differentiates iStill from other still manufacturers?
When iStill decided to bring distillation equipment to the market place, the first thing we did was throw out the text book on “How to build stills”. I saw right away that there’s no need for another 19th century still design. Automation, 21st century technology felt like the only way forward, and that’s the direction iStill successfully took.
Roger, why do you help organize iStill’s Hands-on Rum Course?
Prior to starting the Marlin & Barrel Distillery, I have visited a number of micro-distilleries and gone to classes at some of them (Downslope Distilling and Six & Twenty were two good ones I enjoyed at different places in my learning curve). Still, flying to the Netherlands and spending time with Odin was pound for pound the most impactful for my development. Right now, I feel it is time to take the next step and give something back from what I learned via this hands-on course, in order to help future Craft Distillers take the next step.
Odin, why is this course important?
Buying the right stills and fermenters, and learning how to operate them, are very much related. You can only make a sound decision on what equipment to buy … if you actually had the chance of doing a few distillation runs with it. Buying a car is not the same as driving it. This course provides just that: it gives the future Craft Distiller a practical education on how to set-up and run his distillery and on how to make rum.
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