Distillation, Wine, and Brewing Studies Undergraduate Certificate


The Distilling, Wine, and Brewing Studies (DWBS) undergraduate certificate will provide any student (degree-seeking or non-degree seeking) exposure to the DWB industries. The 12-credit certificate is tailored to allow students to obtain introductory training in three distinct tracks; distillation, wine or brewing. Classes are available online and in-person, and new courses are added to the program to meet student interest and needs.



The DWBS Certificate is just one of the several education opportunities offered through the James B. Beam Institute for KY Spirits.

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The Legacy and Economic Impact of Distillation, Wine and Brewing in Kentucky

Distillation, wine and brewing (DWB) have deep historical roots in Kentucky. The first vineyards in the United States were established in Kentucky because of a unique combination of soil, water and climatic conditions. Bourbon was invented in in Kentucky in the 1700’s, and today 95% of the world’s bourbon is still produced in the state. More recently, craft breweries and cideries have rapidly expanded in Kentucky. Together, distillation, winemaking and brewing have a significant economic impact in the Kentucky:

  • Bourbon is a $9 billion industry in Kentucky
  • The wine industry is growing rapidly in regional sales, jobs and economic impact, with 76 wineries currently located in Kentucky
  • Craft breweries and cideries have expanded into Kentucky of the past decade feeding the fastest growing element of the international beer market
  • Distillation jobs employ over 22,000 Kentuckians with average annual salaries of more than $101,000
  • Bourbon and wine tourism are rapidly growing and bringing millions of visitors annually to central Kentucky

There is tremendous potential to grow these industries. Specific grapevine cultivars and unique cultural terroir make Kentucky a unique region for wine production. Expansion of boutique craft distilleries and the growth and premiumization of Bourbon brands has enhanced innovation and the regional economic footprint. Regions of Eastern Kentucky have outstanding potential to support long term development of wine and nature (outdoors) based tourism. Opportunities exist for local wheat production, new barley varieties and local apple orchards to support the growth of Kentucky signature products. 

Infographics supplied by the Kentucky Distillers' Association

Contact Information

309 Plant Science Building Lexington, KY 40546

+1 (859) 257-8654