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Distilled Spirits Epicenter under construction in Louisville, Kentucky, Moonshine University and Challenge Bottling

Distilled Spirits Epicenter under construction in Louisville, Kentucky. Grease Monkey Distillery, Moonshine University and Challenge Bottling will operate under The Epicenter

Building on Kentucky’s rich distilling history, the Distilled Spirits Epicenter will open in April in downtown Louisville, where it will provide a unique facility for creating custom vodkas, whiskeys, rums, moonshines and more.

This education and training center and artisan distillery were created by Flavorman custom beverage company founder David Dafoe. It establishes the first distillery in downtown Louisville since before prohibition. Making it possible for entrepreneurs, distillery operators and industry experts to create their own custom spirits.

The Epicenter is named as a tribute to Louisville’s location at the epicenter of the distilling industry. Its operations will focus on education and training to enable startup productions to benefit from the area’s wealth of experience and knowledge and utilize the artisan distillery sized for training, pilot productions and small runs.

Grease Monkey Distillery, Moonshine University and Challenge Bottling will all operate under The Epicenter, offering state-of-the-art Vendome equipment, expert-led classes and onsite bottling services. The Epicenter will claim no trademark on its creations, making each product entirely the property of the client. The cost for developing a custom spirit will vary according to the complexity of the product and the level of service needed.

“For more than 20 years, Flavorman has been proud to be the beverage development partner for premier companies across the United States,” Dafoe tells

“With our sister company, the Distilled Spirits Epicenter, we will continue to provide our expertise to clients with the added benefit of facilitating access to spirits experts and the latest distilling and bottling equipment. We are proud of Kentucky’s distilling legacy in all types of spirits and excited to offer this unique facility where people can gain hands-on experience and expert support throughout the process. Louisville is the perfect place to launch this distinctive project.”

David Dafoe, Founder of Flavorman custom beverage company

David Dafoe, Founder of Flavorman custom beverage company

The Epicenter is part of a growing national trend toward artisan distilleries. While there were 143 distilled spirits plant licensees in the United States in 2006, there are now over 700. In order to facilitate this market growth, The Epicenter features event space with wi-fi and full audiovisual capabilities for groups who wish to collaborate on technical details, business planning or other industry topics. The versatile facility is suitable for everything from small teambuilding activities to receptions for 200.

Opening in April 2012 at 801 S. 8th St., the Distilled Spirits Epicenter consists of Grease Monkey Distillery, Moonshine University and Challenge Bottling and offers educational and training resources focusing on artisan spirits. Through hands-on distilling instruction, classes and bottling services, the Epicenter brings Kentucky’s unique distilling legacy to life.

The Distilled Spirits Epicenter will bring Beverage Architects and Beverage Mechanics together in one as this will be the sister company to Flavorman, an international custom beverage development and ingredient supply company.

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One Response to “Distilled Spirits Epicenter to Open in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky”

  1. Rochelle Everhart

    Would like to know more about schedule and classes offered at Moonshine U.

    Thanks much! Rochelle Everhart