While degrees in booze are a very real and beautiful thing, usually the institutes dishing them out also offer classes in "literature" and "calculus". That's not the case for pupils of the Irish Whiskey Academy, a formerly trade-only school that's now blessedly opening its doors to the general public.
According to The Drinks Business, the Irish Whiskey Academy was started last fall for insiders looking to beef up their knowledge of the production process and history. But this December, the institute will begin offering two-day "Enthusiasts" courses to any and all whiskey lovers. Seeing as the place is owned by Irish Distillers, it'll focus on brands like Jameson and Midleton Very Rare, and cover everything from raw materials to bottling. The "Enthusiasts" class also has perks like a room at a swanky hotel, a very nice dinner out, and your own personalized whiskey bottle built in -- though of course tuition ain't cheap. The course costs roughly $1,500. If that's too steep, you can still check out the one-day "Discoverer" courses that hit next February (about $410) or the four-hour afternoon classes being added next month ($220). They may also require a flight to Ireland, but at least you know they'll prove more useful than that "Hidden Themes in He-Man" course you took freshman year.
Kristin Hunt is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and can only imagine what kind of wild parties go down in the teachers' lounge. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.
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