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The Artisan Distilling Workshop was established over 15 years ago by MSU professor Kris A. Berglund and representatives from Christian Carl still manufacturers in Germany. The workshop has evolved over the years, adapting to the growing distillling industry. It was hosted by Red Cedar Spirits and other local companies for more than a decade. Red Cedar Spirits decided to no longer host the workshop..

Meanwhile, the MSU program which initially started as a class offering in the late 1990s, has now developed into an undergraduate minor. The following note is from Kris Berglund about the status of the workshop.

"After careful consideration, we have decided to suspend the Artisan Distilling Workshop indefinitely. We don't come to this decision lightly and appreciate the tremendous contributions by our private sector partners, Uncle John's Fruithouse Winery, Michigan Brewing Company and Red Cedar Spirits, in supporting us financially and materially with facilities to come to the level we have now achieved as a program. We now have a minor in Beverage Science and Technology and more than 200 students are enrolled in our courses at MSU. This demand leaves little time and resources to teach additional non-credit courses. We are also in the process of expanding our research program, which also has demands. At present, there are a number of workshops offered by different groups, and we hope you will find one to suit your needs. We wish you good luck in your future endeavors."

Kris Arvid Berglund, Ph.D.

University Distinguished Prof. of Food Science and Chemical Engineering

Michigan State University



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