Spirits & Mixology Classes

 Rare and beautiful spirits are some of our favorite things.  We love to unearth them, age them, consider them, and then craft tasting classes around them.  A rare 40-year-old rum from Venezuela? A Japanese whiskey aged in Mizunara barrels? A century-old Armagnac?   The only bottle of pre-prohibition Philadelphia Rye?  You never know what we have in store for you.

Upcoming Spirits and Mixology Classes

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These are cocktail classes that will inspire the next generation of boozehounds. Keith & Co have managed to distill science and pleasure in equal measures.

Is there a Philly spirits scene without the Wine School? They have influenced the way people drink, write, and think about intoxicants. A brilliant program of classes, and serious fun to boot.

The Wine School has changed how Philadelphia think about spirits. Their creative and innovative classes —with great spirits and some serious how-to cocktail magic– are an evening you will not soon forget

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We offer over thirty spirit and cocktail classes every year. But, as you may know, they sell out fast. After all, our instructors are also top-notch distillers. Therefore, we recommend registering at least two months ahead of schedule.

Our Mixology Classes & Courses

The Master of Spirits Course. The Advanced Certification course is offered in conjunction with the National Wine School.

The Mixology Class. Learn the techniques and secret knowledge to craft amazing cocktails. In our mixology classes, you will be crafting your own cocktails within thirty minutes!

Luxury Tequila & Cocktails. This tasting class is devoted to small production tequila, brilliant cocktails, a dose of history, and a journey down south. There is so much more to Tequila and Mezcal than you could ever imagine.  

Imbibe! The Whiskey Tasting Class. Bourbon, Scotch, Rye, Single Malt, Single Grain, Irish, Kentucky, Single Pot, Japanese: there are hundreds of types of whiskey in the world. We run our whiskey tasting class once a month, and we will never teach the same course twice.

Bourbon! When it comes to Bourbon: all hail the barrel, specifically the white oak cooperage with a deep char toast. This class is devoted to the tremendous oak-aged spirits as well as barrelled cocktails.

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Vintage Spirits and Cocktail Classes. Curious about the spirits and cocktails of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries? In this class, we unearth the classics and show you spirits you didn’t know still existed. This is the class to uncover the rare spirits and cocktails of another era.

Luxury Rum Class. Take a ride without though the Caribbean and South America. Instead, we scour the most remote distilleries  –from Jamaica to Venezuela, from Haiti to Barbados– to discover the best rums in the world. This class will change your mind about Rum for the better.

Bourbon, Beef, and Beer. Three of our favorite things. In this class, we join forces with the Philly Beer School and the Cooking Classroom to bring you an utterly delicious class. Learn the ins and outs of beer and spirits pairing, along with a cooking demonstration.

Drinkable History. In this class, we delve deep into the alcohol-drenched history of the world.  From the Stone Age to the American War of Independence, this class allows you to drink through history in a way you never thought possible.

Mixology Classes

We designed this series of classes to introduce you to classic spirits and modern cocktails.  The mixology classes at the Wine School of Philadelphia are nothing short of top-shelf. Our mixology classes are designed for home bartenders. We don’t offer professional bartending classes.

The most important, influential, and oft-imitated Wine School has taken the contemporary craft cocktail movement by storm. Since their debut in 2009, these classes are a must-attend for spirit lovers and cocktail enthusiasts.  Our Mixology and bourbon professors are a supremely talented and brilliant bunch. Our spirit program is also the birthplace of some of Philly’s most innovative cocktails. Often the only people to have access to the recipes are those who attended the class.

Destined to be one of your favorite places to spend an evening, the Wine School features several dozen spirits and cocktail classes.  The school offers a complete spirits education, hands-on cocktail crafting, and the history and philosophy behind the spirits and cocktails being tasted.

Bartending Classes

We love making cocktails, and especially love teaching students how to make pitch-perfect drinks. Back in the day, we created classes for a number of the local bartending schools in Philadelphia. However, we find it much more interesting to teach a classroom of cocktail enthusiasts. Our bartending classes are very much geared to mixing cocktails at home.

Cocktail Classes

Most of our spirits classes have a cocktail component to them. For instance, our classes on Gin will have three components: a gin tasting, a session on how gin is made, and a how-to cocktail section. Classes are designed to have an interactive cocktail session along with some geeky booze education.

Whiskey Tasting Classes

If you have ever been on a Zoom call with Keith, you will see the massive library of whiskeys he stores in his office. For him, Whiskey is his vacation from being a winemaker and sommelier-instructor. He loves making, tasting, and teaching about whiskey!

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