Classes and Education

At McClintock Distilling our passion is spirits and we want to share our passion with you. It is our goal to help consumers and aspiring distillers learn more about spirits, cocktails, history and of course plenty of taste testing. We have classes ranging from intro courses and workshops for the spirits enthusiast to fully immersive classes for home distillers ready to take it to the next level.

Intro Courses


These courses are available for anyone with an interest in spirits. No background knowledge required and you will come out with a great understanding of different spirits. Courses last between 1-2 hours.

Gin Making 101: Botanicals and Flavors 

Students will learn about the history and production process of making gin at the historic McClintock Distilling production facility. Afterwards students will get a chance to sample and smell individual botanicals and learn about taste profiles of different styles of gins. Finally, students will be able to make their own custom gin blend of botanicals to take home and make their own compound gin. All classes are booked through the Common Market.

January 30th Class Registration

Maryland WHiskey 101 (FCC)

A beginner guide to everyone’s favorite nutty, oaky, and smoky spirit – whiskey! You’ll learn how whiskey is made, the different types, and the history of the barrel aging process. This class will have a special focus on Maryland Rye Whiskey and what makes it so special. Must be 21 to register – since you’ll be sipping!

February 28th Class Registration

May 9th Class Registration

Inside the craft cocktail lab (sold out will return next year)

Your Monday's just got a whole lot more exciting. Join us on Monday Evenings, October 16th - 30th from 6:30pm-9pm for our Craft Cocktail SeriesIn this three-part course, students will receive hands-on instruction in the science and craft of various cocktail mixers and ingredients. Each session will be led by one or more local artisans who have years of experience making these products for commercial consumption. Not only will you learn the history and science behind ingredients like bitters, shrubs, ginger beer, and spirits, but you will also have the opportunity to make your own mixers and learn how to use these ingredients in well-constructed craft cocktails.

Parts 1 & 2 of this class will take place at FCC's Monroe Center where you will learn to make your own bitters, shrubs, and lightly fermented ginger beer and sodas. 

Part 3 will take place at McClintock Distilling, one of Frederick's exciting new distilleries, where you'll reap the fruits of your labor with a cocktail demo and sampling!


Full Immersion Courses

These courses are designed to give students a one-of-a-kind hands-on distilling experience. Courses include lectures but also will give students a first-hand look into the distilling process. These immersion courses are 1-2 days long.

Distilling 101: How to DistilL & The Basics of Spirits

Get hands on distilling experience with the head distillers at McClintock Distilling

Get hands on distilling experience with the head distillers at McClintock Distilling

This class focuses on all the basics of distilling. If you have ever wanted to know all the ins and outs of distilling and get a hands-on distillery experience this is the course for you. Course will cover the production of whiskey and gin and students will get a chance to see and work with a rye whiskey mash, fermentation and rye whiskey distillation in action. Personal workshops put on by the head distillers and industry experts in distilled spirits. This class is fully immersive and goes from 9:00am to 3:30 with an hour after the class for optional one on one sessions with our distilling team.

What you get:

  • 2 Liter Cask for aging whiskey and other spirits

  • 1 custom McClintock Bottle signed and batched by you!

  • Educational hand-outs and copies of all presentations

  • Breakfast and Lunch Provided


Distilling 201: Advanced Distilling Techniques

Coming Soon...


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