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June 8 Bourbon Trail course on the schedule at Moonshine University

Before we get all serious and newsy … how do you not love a place named Moonshine University? Does it not make you wonder if going back to college would be the right thing to do—if and only if—you could enroll at Moon U? We bet class attendance would be 100 percent, 100 percent of the time.

And speaking of class, come June 8, Moonshine University, the educational division of Distilled Spirits Epicenter (801 S. 8th St.) is offering a class teaching students about the spirits and distilleries of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail—without leaving Louisville.

Be it evaluating the nuances of one of Jim Beam’s bourbons or learning the history of the red wax seals on the bottles of Maker’s Mark, participants will be entertained and educated on bourbon knowledge, and get the cook’s tour of Moonshine U.’s working distillery.

Expect to learn plenty about the KBT’s members, which include: Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Town Branch, Wild Turkey, Woodford Reserve and Evan Williams.

He’s another reason why this is kinda special: This knowledge helps you become an ersatz bourbon ambassador to relatives, friends and business associates who visit Kentucky and wonder what to do when they get here.

In other words, you can’t help promote the Kentucky Bourbon Trail—now the state’s most popular destination for out-of-state-tourists—if you don’t know what it involves.

Plus, you get to drink bourbon while you’re learning about all this cool stuff.

Interested? The class runs from 3-5 p.m. and costs $29 per person. To register, call (502) 301-8126 or visit www.moonshineuniversity.com.