April 11th 2013: From Moonshine to Masters and the distillation of beer by Cory Mason

Cory Mason Distillation

Name of speaker and subject:

Cory Mason – Distillation

Title of talk:

From Moonshine to Masters and the distillation of beer
(you can call it whatever you want)

Bullet points of what you would like to cover:

  • Brief scientific explanation of distillation
  • My history in distilling: How I started and where I am now/ current project
  • Practical home distilling advice: A how-to on equipment and fermentation
  • Review of a project on the distillation of local beers
  • Audience sensory analysis of distilled beers

Suggested you-tube links, websites and / or texts where

further information may be found:


A few words about you and your passion:

I was brought up in California, and educated in NY. For over 10 years, I worked in some of the best bars and hotels, creating cocktails and training bartenders. The entire time that I was working to sell booze, I was also practicing at creating it.
What started as a hobby and modest bootlegging business has now led me to Scotland to complete my MSc in distilling and profession as a distiller.
To me, distilling is the perfect mix of science, art, and craft. It is alchemy, allowing one to release the true essence of substance. As a distiller, I get the chance to preform magic