Education is near and dear to our hearts. We love to get down to the nitty-gritty of how to best enjoy different spirits, but also how they’re made and where flavors come from.

Our educational services are two-fold. On one hand, we teach the general public how to develop their senses and alcohol beverage knowledge with sensory training sessions. On the other hand, we teach industry experts about things like quality control and sensory aspects of brewing and distilling. We’ll be adding more and more classes, so visit this page often to see what’s new.

[Classes/courses are listed below and application details are provided after the last class/course listing.]

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    Date: Monday, October 14–Wednesday, October 16

    Time: 9:00 - 6:00 pm

    Location: 1141 Red Mile Road, Suite 200, Lexington, KY 40504

    October 14-16th, 2019. The Gin dream team - Molly Troupe, Tom Anderson and Jamie Baxter will be back for a second highly requested run at teaching you how to make, mature and market the best gins. Jamie covers history and the way they make gin in Europe, Tom teaches maturation and resting of gins and marketing and cocktail formulations. Molly, as team leader, coordinates the section, teaches all about botanicals and production methods. We run pilot-scale copper pot still gin distillations and teach rotary evaporation methods to produce the freshest tasting botanicals for use in gin formulations. New Rotary evaporation system and pilot stills on the way (July 2019) Hands on exercises include combining 20-30 different botanicals to create unique formulations. Tastings of some classic gins plus the ones created in the distillation teaching lab, and a focus on expected and off-flavors that arise in production and maturation are also covered. An extended cocktail training/reception is being planned and over 75 gins are to be on hand for evaluation. See new updated "brochure/letter" link button below. This year the class will be limited to 18 (not 20) participants and is more than half-filled as at July 28th, 2019. Final calls being made NOW. A $375 deposit is due and will be applied on a first come first served basis until the magic No. 18 is reached. A video below here shows you how to enroll.

  • Irish Whiskey Experience – 2020

    Date: Monday, April 27–Wednesday, April 29

    Time: 9:00 - 5:00 pm

    Location: Lexington KY

    FIRST NOTICE THAT WE WILL RUN A DETAILED IRISH WHISKEY COURSE IN 2020. TAUGHT BY TWO LEADING EXPERTS IN THE FIELD FROM THE EMERALD ISLE. This will be a class with an examination and a certificate of completion by the Irish school program and one of attendance from BDES. Contact us for more information or to be placed on our Newsletter List for updated announcements. Further details will appear here soon. But you can sign up using the form now if you know this is a must have course for you. Slàinte Mhath

How to Apply for a Course or Class at BDES

Read through the course and classes details that we offer here.

Fill in a form  form and submit to us.  or

A quick video video clip shows the enrollment process. We will evaluate, taking into account the date received, the application.

Course placement is on a first come first served basis and usually limited to 18 persons maximum.

An invoice will be issued, based on details supplied, to cover the class deposit (non-refundable unless the class is postponed or cancelled).

A deposit, once received, will reserve your placement. About one month before the course or class starting date we will issue you with a final payment invoice. Once that payment is received you are set for that course or class.

No refunds are offered at that time – however, if you cannot attend an event/class/course for any reason, you may send someone else along in your place or you may apply 75% of the course fee to a future offering.

Classes in Lexington or On The Road

For more on classes contact Gary at or Tony:

We run classes and courses in Lexington and Tony Aiken and Gary are often invited and on the road to teach courses at breweries and distilleries. Contact us for more information.