Learn Craft Distilling with Professor

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Experience hosted by Ian

  1. 2 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

Your Experience at Vitae Spirits Distillery will consist of a face-to-face class with Professor Ian Glomski, the founder of the distillery.
The Experience will unfold as follows within the production area and tasting room of Vitae Spirits Distillery:
1. Brief introduction to the American craft spirits revival
2. Discussion of starting materials for fermentations and their associated end spirit (rum, whiskey, brandy, vodka), with emphasis on sugar cane, the focus of Vitae Spirits Distillery
3. Review how fermentations are set up and completed
4. Summarize the theory and process of distilling a fermentation into a spirit
5. Introduce how flavors are added to spirits
6. Chat about bottling and packaging in the craft distilling environment
7. Taste up to 3 spirits produced by Vitae Spirits Distillery in our award-winning tasting room
Other things to note
Guests must be 21+ years old to drink alcohol. IDs required. Well behaved children are welcome. Well behaved dogs welcome in tasting room, but not production area. Small snacks are available for purchase. Parking immediately in front of distillery and on the street. Wheelchair accessible.
Your Experience at Vitae Spirits Distillery will consist of a face-to-face class with Professor Ian Glomski, the founder of the distillery.
The Experience will unfold as follows within the production area and tasting room of Vitae Spirits Distillery:
1. Brief introduction to the American craft spirits revival
2. Discussion of starting materials for fermentations and their associated end spirit (rum, whiskey, brandy, vodka), with e…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Three 0.5 oz. tastings of any mainline Vitae Spirits spirits

Accessibility

No stairs or steps
Accessible bathroom
Accessible parking spot

Meet your Host, Ian

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 66 Reviews
  • Identity verified
A former Professor of Microbiology at the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine, I have had a profound fascination for over twenty-five years for microbes and how they sculpt our macroscopic world. An experienced brewer, winemaker, cheesemaker, meat curer, kefir culturer, veggie pickler, wild mushroom forager, and infectious disease specialist, anything having to do with microbes turns me on; having trained at the Pasteur Institute of Paris, founded by the father of modern fermentation Louis Pasteur.

With all of my experience teaching at UVA under my belt, there is nothing I like more than sharing my passion for distillation with enthusiastic newbies and experienced moonshiners alike!
A former Professor of Microbiology at the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine, I have had a profound fascination for over twenty-five years for microbes and how they sculpt our macroscopic world. An experienced brewer, winemaker, cheesemaker, meat curer, kefir culturer, veggie pickler, wild mushroom forager, and infectious disease specialist, anything having to do with microbes turns me on; having trained at the Pasteur Institute of Paris, founded by the father of modern fermentation Louis…
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Where you'll be

The guests’ Experience will take place on Vitae Spirits production floor and tasting room, which was selected as the Best Commercial Interior (out of 350 submissions) by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry in 2018. As an extra bonus for those always looking for a good meal, our distillery is a block away from Ace Biscuit & Barbecue, one of the area’s best BBQ joints.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 66 reviews.

Samuel
January 2022
This was a fantastic experience. Our host, Ian, was super friendly and knowledgeable. The tour was fascinating, and ended with a lot of fun over delicious cocktails. We look forward to doing it again.
Steve
December 2021
Amazing experience! Definitely well worth what we paid for it. Ian was a great guide, personable and extremely knowledgeable. You can tell he’s passionate about both of the process and the high quality of the spirits he produces. Also great interior design of the space he’s converted into a beautiful craft distillery. His rums are fantastic, and the barreled coffee liqueur is a must try! Highly recommend.
Natalie
November 2021
My boyfriend and I loved this experience, he’s a brewer so he was right in his element. I learned so much and everyone was very kind, highly recommend!
Laura
October 2021
Interesting and engaging information from Ian. We learned a lot and he made it fun. His passion shines through. And the tastings were delicious!
Michelle
September 2021
Ian is an expert on distilling and spirits! We had a great time learning about the process. My favorite part was learning about the difference between the types of spirits including Whisky, Gin, Vodka, etc. Their bartender was very informative and friendly as well.
Franck
September 2021
Wonderful experience, Ian is a great host, loves to share his experience and passion. Had a great time, learned a lot, and enjoyed the tasting, my favorite was the barrel-aged rum.

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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 21 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

Government Issued ID with Proof of Age (21+ years)

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.